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Meetings on Drought Management July 24 and 25

SDSU Extension will host livestock and agronomy meetings in Lemmon, Faith, Pierre and Chamberlain July 24 and 25, 2017.

“Drought now affects more than 72 percent of the state, and is forecast to continue to get worse over the next couple of weeks,” said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist. “In our role as SDSU Extension staff, we want to do what we can to help the farmers and ranchers impacted by this drought survive.”

Topics include:

• Creep feeding, managing livestock herds and feeding during drought;

• Management and utilization considerations for drought-stressed crops and annual forage options;

• Economic resources in the form of budget calculators and other tools;

• Weather outlook for the remainder of the growing season;

• Range management during drought;

• Information on federal assistance through the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA).

Additional SDSU Extension staff will be on hand to address other topics of interest to producers.

“We want to bring relevant materials to the producers hardest hit by the drought, so the management changes they make truly are the best ones for their operation,” said Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director.

Free testing available

Producers with concerns about nitrates in forages or water quality concerns are encouraged to bring samples in to be tested for livestock suitability during the meeting.

There is no fee to attend the program and early registration is not required.

Date & Location details:

July 24, 2017 Lemmon—The meeting in Lemmon will begin at 9 a.m. at the SDSU Extension Lemmon Regional Center (408 8th St West, FJ Reeder Armory classroom).

 July 24, 2017 Faith—The meeting in Faith will begin at 2 p.m. at the Faith Community Legion Hall (on Main Street).

July 25, 2017 Pierre—The meeting in Pierre will begin at 9 a.m. at the Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce Community Room (800 West Dakota Ave.)

July 25, 2017 Chamberlain—The meeting in Chamberlain will begin at 2 p.m. at the AmericInn (1981 East King St.).


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