Pastures have been lacking timely moisture to get grasses going this haying and grazing season. This is creating challenges for livestock producers in the Northern Plains. Plans have changed several times because of water quality and reduced forage production. “The grass got a good start here in northeastern South Dakota,” says Wilmot farmer Jason Freirichs. “The brome grass is done for now, and the warm season grasses have been slow going because of a lack of timely moisture.” Located in south central North Dakota, Linton farmer Tom Bernhardt started cutting alfalfa last week. The first cutting will be half the amount compared to a typical year. “It hasn’t done well with the heat, low humidity and lack of rain. There is tame grass that is already completely brown.” Listen to the story.