With our ongoing drought, we have already seen deterioration of winter wheat and other pasture. And, not only is the quantity of forage available on grazing lands dwindling, there is also reason to be concerned that the quality of that forage is suffering and causing nutritional concerns for mama cows and their newborn calves. Cattle raisers have already been forced to sell livestock early, losing out on the dollars that would have come from additional weight gain. With no water falling from the sky, more will have to pumped from the Ogallala to get the soil ready for spring-planted crops like corn and cotton. Even with irrigation, if our drought extends into the summer months, we can anticipate lost production in the fields and potentially higher feed costs for livestock. All of these issues will hurt not only local ag producers but the entire economy of our region.