Pasture and Grazing Management Under Drought Conditions
Drought is a fact of life in the Southeast, whether it occurs once every five years or for five consecutive years. While little can be done during drought conditions to increase forage pasture growth in the short term, careful management could minimize long-term stand loss and help maintain forage yields until the drought ends. Monitoring weather forecasts is an important tool in grazing management (Fig. 1). If you know when to expect low soil moisture levels and rainfall, you can avoid overgrazing and reduce future economic losses. Drought management strategies are complex, but this publication will discuss some key points and how to minimize the impact of drought on pasture growth.