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Drought

Weathering drought conditions takes awareness, preparation and proactive management.

SDSU Extension helps farms, families and communities stay ahead of drought impacts through timely climate updates, business insights and the latest research-tested management tips for farms, ranches and properties of all sizes.

View our drought resources by category  using the navigation below, or subscribe to our newsletters for the latest information and updates from our experts around the state.

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Resources

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Climate

Stay up-to-date with drought developments through regular drought monitor reports, weather forecasts and climate updates.

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Crops

Manage your cropland proactively through all stages of drought with our planting, harvest and pest/disease control resources.

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Livestock

Protect your animals and your bottom line with expert health, nutrition and management resources for dry conditions.

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Range and Land Management

Prepare your range, land and natural resources for prolonged dry periods with research-tested recommendations from our experts.

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Business/Economics

Defend your bottom line against drought impacts with timely market insights and business resources.

Wheel barrel full of plant trimmings in a drought-stressed garden.

Gardening and Landscaping

View expert recommendations for managing gardens, lawns and trees through extended dry spells.

Salvaging Drought-Stressed Crops

While drought-stressed crops can be utilized as forage for livestock, there are many factors to consider before harvesting. To help producers navigate through these issues, SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition released the, “Salvaging Drought Stressed Crops” video series. Every farm and ranch face its own unique challenges and this information is intended to be applied as producers see fit to their own personal situations.

Use these links to view each video or visit the entire playlist.