Research-based information to help Kansans cope with dry conditions
March 16, 2018
Update (Sept. 17)
Drought continues to plague northeast Kansas, but much of the rest of the state found relief in August and early September rainfall. K-State is expanding its network of weather stations to better monitor and record such information as precipitation, wind speed and soil moisture.
Update (July 23)
Agronomy e-Update article:
Update (July 13)
Conservation program specialist Rod Winkler of the Farm Service Agency announces that 43 counties in Kansas have now been released for emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres, because of ongoing drought… producers in eligible counties can apply starting Monday.
Update (July 11)
K-State beef systems specialist Jaymelynn Farney talks about salvaging drought-stressed corn as cattle feed: in what form does that corn best serve as a forage feedstuff, what guidelines need to be followed in processing it, and what nutrient value it provides to the cow herd. - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
Update (July 10)
Agricultural program specialist Blaine Rutherford of the Farm Service Agency covers the details of three USDA programs designed to assist livestock producers who are rebounding from various disasters over the past couple of years, including drought, wildfire and blizzards...the Livestock Forage Disaster Program, which provides compensation to producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought; and the Livestock Indemnity Program, which provides benefits to producers who have lost livestock to adverse weather. - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
K-State researchers have established testing guidelines for water intake, an important step that could one day help producers select cattle that are more resistant to drought and heat stress.
Update (July 5)
State horticulturist Ward Upham goes over the proper ways of watering drought-stressed landscape trees in mid-summer. - Agriculture Today audio; skip to the 33:02 mark (subscribe to the podcast)
Update (July 3)
K-State crop production specialist Ignacio Ciampitti talks about assessing the condition of corn stands stressed by drought and heat...he says that a thorough evaluation should be conducted before making decisions on whether to go ahead and take that corn crop to grain, or to salvage it as silage or forage. - Agriculture Today audio (subscribe to the podcast)
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):