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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.

It is not a matter of if a drought occurs, but when. View our drought planning resources to help develop your drought management plan to ensure that your operation is able to weather whatever mother nature throws at it.

View Drought Planning Resources


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

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

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

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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.