A recent drought declaration from Governor Mike Parson has cleared the way for farmers to tap into land areas that are usually restricted. Under the declaration, landowners can apply to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for permission to cut hay on 50% of the grass areas within wetland easements. There are still some restrictions, though. To qualify you must be in a county designated as being under “severe” or “extreme” drought conditions. The NRCS estimates that up to 10,000 acres of land is eligible. Cutting hay will be permitted through August 31st and all bales must be removed by September 15th.