Nebraska Extension to Host Beefwatch Webinar Series on Drought Management

Nebraska Extension to Host Beefwatch Webinar Series on Drought Management

Droughty pasture
Photo credit Troy Walz.

In March, the BeefWatch Webinar series will focus on planning for and managing during a drought. Each session will feature industry experts and plenty of opportunity to interact to get your questions answered. More information about the BeefWatch Webinar Series can be found on our webpage:

Each webinar is free and will begin at 8:00 PM Central Time.

March 2, Preparing to Make Decisions During a Drought

  • Dr. Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    ○  Jay will discuss decision making and the importance of early planning. He will outline a process for being better prepared to make decisions in stressful situations, creating better alternatives, and avoiding common pitfalls.  Register here.

March 9, The Forecast is Hot and Dry - What are my Options?

  • Aaron Berger, Beef Educator, Nebraska Extension
    ○  Management options such as feeding, shipping and selling will be discussed along with their potential repercussions. Register here.

March 16, Pre-During-Post Drought Management of Rangelands

  • Dr. Mitchell Stephenson, Panhandle Research and Extension Center
    ○  How do we prepare for a drought and manage our rangelands during and after? Mitch will walk us through trigger dates and how we can make decisions to manage our rangelands including how to use tools such as grass cast. Register here.

March 23, Alternative Forage Options During a Drought

  • Dr. Jerry Volesky, West Central Research and Extension Center
    ○  What are some alternative forage sources during a drought? This presentation will review different annual forages and how they might be used to increase grazing capacity or provide extra hay.  Grazing management of these forages will also be discussed. Register here.

March 30, Stretching Forage to Meet Cow Requirements During a Drought

  • Dr. Travis Mulliniks, West Central Research and Extension Center
    ○  What do you need to consider when managing cows during a drought? Travis will discuss the importance of proper nutrition for the cow during a drought and how we can meet nutritional needs depending on forage availability.  Register here.

More information about drought management and planning can be found at

Dr. Kacie McCarthy, Beef Cow-Calf Specialist, 402-472-6074,
Dr. Mary Drewnoski, Beef Systems Specialist, 402-472-6289,