The rainfall that was received in the area was very helpful, but drought issues still remain for area farmers and ranchers. Unfortunately the rainfall that was received was not general in nature and some areas did not receive as much as was needed. In addition some livestock water issues will take considerable rain to alleviate.
A drought meeting will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at the North Central Research Extension Center. The purpose of the meeting is to provide farmers and ranchers with information that will assist them in making difficult decisions during a drought period.
Kevin Sedivec, NDSU range management specialist, will give a keynote presentation on predicting forage production based on moisture availability and than adjusting livestock stocking rates based on those predictions. Tim Petrie, NDSU livestock marketing specialist, will follow with a presentation on marketing strategies during a drought.
Emily Tescher-Johnston, Ward County livestock agent, will discuss the issues of poor water quality and the lack of water in many local pastures. With virtually no water runoff since last July, many dugouts that are used for livestock water are dry or nearly dry. Tescher-Johnston will explain the water development program recently announced by the North Dakota Water Commission. She will also discuss procedures for testing water.
Jim Mostad, Nodak Mutual Insurance, will explain the rules associated with failed crops and emergency forages. John Dhuyvetter, area livestock specialist, will review management associated with growing annual or emergency forages.
Mike Rose, Ward County extension agent, and Denise Markle, area plant protection specialist, will complete the program with a presentation on water needs and yield potential for area crops.