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Grass-Cast: A Tool to Plan for Grass Availability During a Drought

Event Date & Time

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm
Mountain Time
Virtual

 

Setting grazing plans and stocking rates can be especially challenging during a drought, such as the one currently afflicting much of the western United States. The Grassland Productivity Forecast tool, or Grass-Cast, can help provide insight into how the grass production through the summer will play out.

The Grass-Cast tool covers the Great Plains region and has recently expanded to include Arizona and New Mexico, two states dealing with moderate to extreme drought. Please join us as Brian Fuchs, Monitoring Coordinator with the National Drought Mitigation Center, and Dannele Peck, Director of the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, talk about the current drought conditions and what the Grass-Cast forecast tells us about the rest of summer.

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States

Arizona
Colorado
Idaho
Kansas
Minnesota
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Dakota
Oklahoma
South Dakota
Texas
Wyoming

DEWS Regions

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System
Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System
Missouri River Basin Expanded
Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System