The third cutting wrapped up with 95 percent complete on September 22. The fourth cutting was 46 percent harvested on that date, 16 percent behind the five year average. Some producers were unable to take a fourth crop this year due to the late start and drought stress on hay stands. Rains in October and November helped fall seedings emerge and bolstered existing stands for winter. Hay and roughage supplies were 26 percent short statewide on November 4.
Snow, rain, flooding and low temperatures in April started pastures out in poor shape this year. The lack of good pasture combined with feed shortages and weather‐related calf losses reportedly made it a difficult spring for livestock producers. Conditions improved through May and June, with 87 percent of pasture statewide in good to excellent condition on June 30.
However, the dry weather of July and August was hard on pastureland with 61 percent in poor to very poor condition by September 15. Rains in the fall helped to improve condition and prepare pastures to overwinter.