As South Dakota's farmers, ranchers and communities deal with the challenges brought on by drought conditions impacting more than half the state, SDSU Extension is connecting individuals with resources and research-based information.
Climate & Drought Summary
As of July 21, 2016, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows over 42% of South Dakota in drought, defined as D1 (Moderate) or worse. About 9% of the state is in Severe (D2) drought, and almost 6% is in Extreme (D3) drought. Read more
- Drought and Stocking Rate Effects on Forage Yield from Western South Dakota Rangelands
- Minimizing Hay Storage Loss from Heating or Fires
- Preventing an Unwanted Baler Fire
- Reducing Fire Hazards in Hay
- Drought Conditions Stressful on Lawns and Other Plants
- Help Plants Deal with Drought and Heat by Using Mulch
- Trees and Drought
- Feed Testing Laboratories
- Heat Exhaustion & Stroke: Protecting yourself and your employees
- Heat Stress, Fairs, and Achievement Days: Keeping Animals Cool
- Livestock Producers Evaluate Forage Production
- Nitrate Poisoning of Livestock Causes & Prevention
- Nitrates in Hail and Drought Stressed Crops
- Recommendations for drought stressed forages
- Updated SD Drought Tool: Drought planning made easier
- Creep Feeding Beef Calves
- Drought Management Tips for Beef Cattle Producers
- Drylotting Cows as a Drought Management Strategy
- It’s really dry. Now what?
- Sell the Factory or Feed Through Drought?
- Should S.D. Beef Producers be Thinking About Drought Trigger Dates?
- Large Concern Over Poor Quality Livestock Water
- How to Measure Total Dissolved Solids Using a Portable Conductivity Meter
- Blue-Green Algae Poisoning in Domestic Animals