- Agronomic: corn, soybeans, wheat, grass (misc. perennial), hay
- Additional Plants: native plants
- Animals: bovine
- Animal Production: grazing management, range improvement, stocking rate, watering systems, feed/forage
- Education and Training: decision support system, extension, workshop
- Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, risk management
In order to improve drought resilience and long-term sustainability of ranches and rangeland in the North Central Region, this project provided education on monitoring and planning for drought. The primary output was a series of five webinars on drought planning, targeted to a wide range of ranch advisors and professionals in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas. Archived webinars are available for public use at http://www.drought.unl.edu/ranchplan. More than 225 agricultural educators, professionals, policy makers and producers viewed the webinar series in real time, and over 575 have accessed the information online.
Project Goal: To increase the technical support available to help rangeland managers mitigate and plan for drought in ways that enhance ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
- To increase agricultural educator/professional awareness of the need for, and challenges of, drought mitigation and planning for sustainable ranch management
- To increase agricultural educator/professional knowledge of drought mitigation and planning strategies that improve ranch sustainability
- To increase agricultural educator/professional knowledge of, and ability to comfortably use, drought monitoring and decision-making tools