USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says pasture and rangeland conditions have improved nationwide.

"As of the weekending June 5th, the number for a very port of poor ratings improves 3% points from 46 to 43%.  Meanwhile, the good to excellent ratings increasing four percentage points from 24 to 28%.  So that is reflecting some of the benefits from earlier rainfall and we're starting to see that gradual improvement, although conditions remain historically low for this time of year, certainly we're heading in the right direction on those conditions."

Much of the East and parts of the Northwest show good to excellent ratings in pasture and rangeland conditions. However, out west multiple states report 50% very poor to poor ratings of pasture and rangelands.

"Led by Arizona: 84% very poor to poor.  The other states more than 50% are Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.  Some of the worst conditions in the country have been in Texas, with the heat and the drought."

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