Research-based information to help Kansans cope with dry conditions
March 16, 2018
UPDATE (May 8):
Providing adequate water to the cow herd this summer, in light of the drought and the shortage of pond and stream water - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
UPDATE (May 7):
Developing a drought management plan for cattle on summer grass, should the extremely dry weather continue (segment begins at the 11:29 mark in the episode) - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
UPDATE (April 23): Two new articles were posted on the Extension Agronomy eUpdate site:
- What tools are used to monitor and track drought?
- How dry and windy has it been in Kansas during 2018?
UPDATE (April 18): Livestock watering in a drought - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer on March 13 issued a drought declaration for all 105 counties in Kansas due to persistent dry conditions.
All counties are at least in watch status, with many of the southwest, central and south-central counties in emergency status.
The Kansas Water Office serves as the coordinating agency for drought response. More information on these and other resources and activities can be found on their web page: www.kwo.ks.gov
Note: This is a different URL than has been used in the past, so users should update their bookmarks.
K-State Research and Extension has an array of informational materials available to help Kansans deal with drought conditions.
The College of Agriculture’s Agronomy eUpdate newsletter offers timely advice, and users can search through the extensive archives.
Following is a list of helpful publications that are available for download or hard-copy purchase from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.
K-State Research and Extension drought research
Research Information (this is a search on New Prairie Press on “drought”)
Drought section of KSUBeef.org Feed and Water page:
Beef Cow-Calf Management Options When Pasture is Limited
Drought and stocking adjustments on range and pasture
Drought and water concerns for cattle producers
Drought options for watering livestock and adding water sites to farm ponds
Managing Cows in Confinement
Blue Green Algae (this could be another bad year for toxic algae)
Identification and Management of Blue-green Algae in Farm Ponds (2012)
Nontraditional Forages as Emergency or Supplemental Feedstuffs (2008)
Buffalograss Lawns (2014)
How to Hire an Irrigation Contractor (2013)
(includes information on water-saving products)
Watering Newly Planted and Young Trees and Shrubs (2008)
Drought resources via the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)
Dealing with Drought (Iowa State, 2017)
Hay exchange (many states):