Paul Beck, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Nutrition Specialist — It has been hot and dry this summer. The maps from Mesonet below (http://www. mesonet.org/index.php/ weather/local) show that in the last 30 days much of Oklahoma has had less than 10% of our normal rainfall and over 2 consecutive weeks of maximum temperatures in excess of 90°. Worries about drought and how we are going to make it through the winter with limited or no stored forage has monopolized most of our thoughts, energy, and time. There are some critical steps that need to be made in order for us…

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