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Managing in the Aftermath of a Drought

Combined with Cover Crops Tour in afternoon

Date: Time: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Terrell Ranch (Brock Terrell)
Directions: Go 13 miles south of Hay Springs, Neb on Hwy 87. Go east 2 miles on 440 Road (Kelly Bean is on the corner of Hwy 87 & 440 Rd). Go to the red shop in the southwest corner of the intersection.
Contact: Jack Arterburn, (308) 327-2312, jack.arterburn@unl.edu
Managing in the Aftermath of a Drought

The year of 2017 pushed extremes with the driest June on record, one of the hottest July documented, and powerful hailstorms. This spring and summer presented cattlemen with a challenging summer drought, which will impact decisions into the fall and winter.
A series of drought workshops are planned this fall to assist cattlemen make economic and sustainable decisions with their cowherds and rangelands.
Classroom and outdoor discussion will be held on estimating herbage production for fall and winter grazing, important precipitation trigger dates, ways to reduce grazing pressure in dry conditions, and how grazing this fall could impact next year’s grass production.
Due to the shortage of winter range, alternative winter feed options will be discussed. Limit feeding cows in semi-confinement are other options. Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) insurance is a risk management tool to help with variable rainfall. Outdoor sessions will be held on key plant species, how defoliation and drought affects plant growth, and how to clip to estimate pasture production.
Workshops will be held from 10 am to 3 pm (local times) on:
-September 18 at the Extension Office in Valentine, 402-376-1850 or jjenkins2@unl.edu;
-September 19 at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Lab (GSL) near Whitman, 308-645-2267 or bjohnston3@unl.edu;
-October 11 at the Terrell Ranch (Brock) near Mirage Flats; 308-327-2312 or jack.arterburn@unl.edu. A tour of cover crops and irrigated pastures will follow that afternoon.

Call the extension office location one week prior for a meal count. Sack lunches will be provided. Registration is $10 per person.

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