About 85% of North Dakota is experiencing some level of drought and many ranchers are concerned the drought will extend into the 2021 grazing season.

North Dakota State University Extension specialists will host a live webinar series to assist ranchers as they prepare for drought. The series will start at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time on Thursday, Feb. 11.

“This webinar will give North Dakota ranchers a chance to learn about different drought management strategies that will aid them in developing a drought plan for their ranch, as well as give them an opportunity to discuss drought-related concerns,” says Miranda Meehan, NDSU Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist.

The dates and topics that will be covered are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 11 - drought outlook
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 - drought trigger dates and grazing strategies
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 - supplemental feed and forage options
  • Thursday, March 11 - herd management and reduction strategies
  • Thursday, March 18 - managing stress during drought
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“It is important that ranchers have a drought management plan in place early so they are prepared and able to make timely decisions if drought persists,” Meehan says.

To register for the webinar, visit https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought.

Participants may ask questions during the live webinar. The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be archived at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/drought for later viewing.