This fact sheet provides an overview of drought planning for the ranch because it is not a matter of if a drought occurs, but when. Being prepared for a drought is one of the easiest things that a ranch manger can do to ensure that the operation is able to weather whatever mother nature throws at it. Be sure to read through the fact sheet and contact any of the state or field specialists listed with questions!
Ranch Drought Planning
The latest monthly and seasonal climate outlooks were released Sept. 16, 2021 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. Forecasters are pointing towards a warmer than average October, with odds leaning towards drier conditions for the last few months of the year.
This week we started to receive reports of pastures and alfalfa stands that have been heavily fed on by fall armyworm caterpillars. Typically, these pests are not an issue in South Dakota. However, populations have been very large in many states during 2021, and they have now moved into South Dakota.
In September 2021, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit announced the publication of a new Northern Great Plains Region section. The new section can help producers recognize climate hazards, assess vulnerabilities and confront risks.