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    South Dakota Drought Tool Provides “Real-time” Guidance To Drought Response

    During the April 24th webinar, South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Stan Boltz, will introduce the South Dakota Drought Tool and discuss how it can be used to monitor growing conditions and guide the implementation of appropriate management responses if and when drought develops.

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    Timely Response to Developing Drought Has Financial Consequences for Ranchers

    The Drought Mitigation Center is collaborating with several other agencies and organizations to offer monthly training webinars focused on drought responses for Great Plains ranchers. During the March 27th webinar, Pat Reece, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Range Management Specialist, will discuss the Cumulative Forage Reduction Index.

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    Become an Ag CEO and Survive 2013

    The Chief Executive Officer of your operation should be able to answer these questions: Where do you want your business to go? How will you get there? How will you know when you've arrived? The drought has changed some of the “How will you get there?” responses, and a strategic plan needs to be in place for your operation to survive a second year of drought conditions in a sustainable fashion.

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    Trigger Dates are Critical to Effective Drought Planning for Ranchers

    The Drought Mitigation Center is collaborating with several other organizations to offer monthly training webinars focused on drought response. The February 27th webinar will deal with critical dates in more detail. Dwayne Rice, Rangeland Management Specialist for NRCS in Lincoln, KS has worked with Ted Alexander, a Barber County rancher, to develop procedures to identify and describe critical dates and suggest how appropriate action steps are planned.

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    Potential Disaster Aid Hinges on Records

    Potential disaster aid from USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hinge on the records you keep now. FSA recently announced that good records will be essential if any disaster aid packages are released for livestock producers that faced loses of livestock or had to purchase feed due to natural disaster, including drought and heat.

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    Inventories for Operational Survival

    As the drought continues across SD and the majority of the Corn Belt producers need to start looking at their operations more analytically than they have in the past. Analyze your inventories. Inventories of feed and livestock are very important. If producers know how much feed they have on hand and also the nutrient analysis of that feed, they can begin to determine how to best meet the requirements of the livestock they’re considering feeding this winter.

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    Making of the U.S. Drought Monitor

    The U.S. Drought Monitor is a map with five dryness and drought categories, ranging from D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought, one in 50-100 year event).  A recent change was made in the impact designations, and now short-term (S) and long-term (L) impacts are accounted for, regardless of the affected sector.  

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    South Dakota Drought Tool Provides “Real-time” Guidance To Drought Response

    During the April 24th webinar, South Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service Rangeland Management Specialist, Stan Boltz, will introduce the South Dakota Drought Tool and discuss how it can be used to monitor growing conditions and guide the implementation of appropriate management responses if and when drought develops.

    Read More »

    Tips on Managing Forage, Water, and Cattle Resources

    In challenging times such as drought, managers can’t let their emotions from the stress of the drought interfere with their daily management decisions. They must continue to manage wisely, said Burke Teichert, Orem, UT. Teichert is no stranger to the beef industry. He was employed for many years in a management role with AgReserves (which consisted of Dessert Ranches, Rex Ranch, and several other large ranching enterprises).

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    Timely Response to Developing Drought Has Financial Consequences for Ranchers

    The Drought Mitigation Center is collaborating with several other agencies and organizations to offer monthly training webinars focused on drought responses for Great Plains ranchers. During the March 27th webinar, Pat Reece, former University of Nebraska-Lincoln Range Management Specialist, will discuss the Cumulative Forage Reduction Index.

    Read More »

    Become an Ag CEO and Survive 2013

    The Chief Executive Officer of your operation should be able to answer these questions: Where do you want your business to go? How will you get there? How will you know when you've arrived? The drought has changed some of the “How will you get there?” responses, and a strategic plan needs to be in place for your operation to survive a second year of drought conditions in a sustainable fashion.

    Read More »

    Trigger Dates are Critical to Effective Drought Planning for Ranchers

    The Drought Mitigation Center is collaborating with several other organizations to offer monthly training webinars focused on drought response. The February 27th webinar will deal with critical dates in more detail. Dwayne Rice, Rangeland Management Specialist for NRCS in Lincoln, KS has worked with Ted Alexander, a Barber County rancher, to develop procedures to identify and describe critical dates and suggest how appropriate action steps are planned.

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    Drought Response for Ranchers

    The Drought Mitigation Center (DMI) housed at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a number of functions related to both understanding historical aspects of drought and encouraging planning for anticipated future droughts. In response to the deep and widespread drought of 2012, the DMI is collaborating with several other agencies and organizations to offer monthly training webinars focused on drought responses for Great Plains ranchers.

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    Using Low-Quality Roughage in Late Gestation Cow Rations

    Most spring calving cowherds are now in the late-gestation stage of production, or will be there very soon. This is one of the more critical times on the calendar in terms of optimizing cowherd productivity. Not only is the bulk of fetal development occurring, but it also our last realistic chance if we need to put body condition on cows.

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    Rangelands West – Another Internet Information Source

    Rangelands West was developed and is maintained by the Rangelands West Partnership, a collaboration of rangeland specialists and librarians from 19 land-grant universities. The partnership’s mission is to provide researchers, educators, and public and private land managers with electronic access to the full scope of research and educational information in the fields of rangeland ecology, management, and conservation by collecting, creating, evaluating, and organizing relevant data, information, and learning materials.

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    Reliable Internet Information About Rangeland Management

    The internet provides access to an overwhelming repository of information. A drawback to the immediate access is uncertainty about reliability of the information availability. When faced with a question, it is sometimes overwhelming and frustrating to sort through the multitude of sites returned from a keyword search. One strength of the land grant university system, including South Dakota State, is the care with which scientists and extension professionals seek to provide information that is both reliable and unbiased.

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    Grazing corn stalks-feeding and other considerations

    As with everything this year corn and soybean harvest is ahead of schedule. For many that means corn stalk grazing. Cattle producers can find that to be a great benefit to them as pastures are out of grass. Removing cattle so pastures have additional time to recover from drought damage incurred this summer is a potential benefit of grazing corn stalks this fall. There are many aspects to consider in 2012 that we do not usually face with this program.

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    The nutrient value of drought stressed soybeans

    The timeline for taking stressed soybean for hay or silage is rapidly closing as many fields have or will soon be maturing and dropping leaves.  Stressed fields usually are short and have few pods.  The decision to take the plant as forage needs to be made in consultation with your crop insurance agent.

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    Planting Winter Wheat into Dry Soil

    The recommended time to plant winter wheat in South Dakota, September 15 to October 20, is rapidly approaching. Unless they receive significant rainfall, most of the fields producers intend to plant into will be quite dry. Jim Shroyer, agronomist with K-State Research and Extension, reports similar conditions in Kansas.

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    Planting Winter Wheat into Corn Residue

    Reports and conversations indicate a number of farmers intend to plant winter wheat into failed corn fields this fall. Producers following corn with winter wheat this year will be dealing with one of three scenarios, each with their pros and cons, but also variations within each situation.

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    Should you adjust your soybean aphid threshold for high crop values and moisture stress?

    Even though soybean aphid populations are low so far this year, many producers may be wondering what higher crop values mean for the insect treatment thresholds they’ve used in the past.  It’s logical to assume that climbing commodity prices automatically mean that lower treatment thresholds are warranted, but that’s not necessarily the case.  For soybean aphid thresholds in particular, 250 aphids/plant is still a valid guideline for decision-making.

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