Drought news: Kimmi Lewis — ‘It’s going to take many, many rains to get out of this mess we are in’

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From the Ag Journal (Candace Krebs):

“We’re right on the edge of it,” Wil Bledsoe said of the ranch’s proximity to the extreme conditions. “On the southern half, the vegetation looks like it is still winter. But the northern half looks pretty good.”

Kimmi Lewis, who was at the Bledsoe Ranch last weekend for the annual convention of the Colorado Independent CattleGrower’s Association, a group she has been serving as president, said earlier this summer her Muddy Valley Ranch south of La Junta was as dry as it had ever been and continually threatened by wildfires. Since then, timely rains have greened up the immediate area, and the grass is growing again. “We had already shipped out our young cows the middle of June to Wyoming,” she said. “Kim is very dry. Branson is unbelievably dry. The drought covers a huge area, and it is so everlasting. It’s going to take many, many rains to get out of this mess we are in.”[…]

Tom Hendrix, who runs cattle near Wray, Colo., said while his area is in “excellent shape” with grass as good as it’s ever been, he worries that future “hay prices are going to eat everybody up.”[…]

“From I-70 north, they are having a wonderful year,” [Bledsoe] said. “That’s consistently what happens. We need to move I-70 30 miles south, I guess.”

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