BROOKINGS, S.D. - Compared with agronomy and cropping sciences, grazing and grassland production generally require less economic input. Because of this, there can be the misconception that grazing management is an enterprise that requires less forethought and management, explained Pete Bauman, SDSU Extension Range Field Specialist.
What producers learned from Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch webinars. SDSU Extension encourages producers to incorporate improved planning into grazing systems management. To aid them in their efforts, earlier this year SDSU Extension, in cooperation with the National Drought Mitigation Center, hosted the Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch webinar series to South Dakota producers at our SDSU Extension Regional Centers throughout the state.
During these sessions, producers were exposed to several drought tools and planning resources that are still easily accessible to all.
• National Drought Mitigation Center: http://drought.unl.edu/
• Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch webinar series recordings: http://drought.unl. edu/ranchplan/Overview.aspx
• U.S. Drought Monitoring Tool http://drought monitor.unl.edu/
• South Dakota NRCS Drought Tool http://www.nrcs. usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/sd/technical/landuse/pasture/
• Writing a Drought Plan: http://drought.unl.edu/ranchplan/WriteaPlan.aspxFor the complete article see the 07-31-2013 issue.
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