Managing drought risk on the ranch webinar series

Farm Forum

The first of a five-part webinar series focusing on drought planning was held on Wednesday, January 30 at each of the South Dakota Regional Extension Centers. The webinar series is being presented in partnership with the University of Nebraska, An interested group of just over 30 people, mostly cattle producers, assembled at the Winner Regional Extension Center for the first session, which served as the introduction, “Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch: The Planning Process”. This first session set the stage by reviewing the drought status and outlining the benefit of setting critical dates for making decisions based on current conditions.

The webinar series will continue at 10 a.m. on February 27 covering “Avoiding Analysis Paralysis: Monitoring and Setting Critical Dates for Decision Making during Drought” with presenters including an NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist and two Kansas ranchers. Subsequent sessions will be held March 27, April 24 and May 29, all at 10 a.m. and hosted at each of the South Dakota Regional Extension Centers at Aberdeen, Watertown, Sioux Falls, Pierre, Mitchell, Winner, Rapid City and Lemmon. More information can be found at the Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch website, at http://

Crop & Livestock Workshop

SDSU Extension will be holding a Crop and Livestock Workshop at the Jones County Courthouse in Murdo, beginning at 1 p.m, Friday, March 1. Presenters will include Dwayne Beck, Manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, Adele Harty, Extension Cow-Calf Field Specialist, and Bob Fanning, Extension Plant Pathology Field Specialist.

Topics to be addressed include, Assessing Your Winter Wheat Stand, Fertilizing Grass and other forage crops, The Benefits of Cover Crops and Potential for Livestock Forage, Meeting the Nutrition Needs of the Cow Herd with Various Forage Crops, Bale Grazing and Swath Grazing.

Anyone interested is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Bob Fanning at 842-1267 or

Sunflower Hybrid Yield Trials

Several copies of the joint North and South Dakota sunflower hybrid trials for 2012 were recently shipped to the South Dakota Regional Extension Centers. These documents can extremely helpful in evaluating the various hybrids and making selections for planting in 2013. Plant height, plant population, lodging, harvest moisture, test weight, oil content, seed yield are typical entries, with days to flower and sunflower midge ratings included for selected sites. The South Dakota trial results can also be accessed electronically at: http:// All of the SDSU Crop Variety Trial results can be accessed at:


2/19/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm CST, Winner Regional Extension Center, Winner, SD

2/20/2013 – PAT, 1:00 pm MST, Wall Community Center, Wall, SD

2/27/2013 – Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch Webinar, 10:00 am, SD Regional Extension Centers

3/1/2013 – Crop & Livestock Workshop, 1:00 pm, Jones County Courthouse, Murdo, SD