Northern Plains

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Every spring, ranchers face the same difficult challenge – trying to guess how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. An innovative Grassland Productivity Forecast or Grass-Cast published its first forecast on May 22, 2018 to help...

Grass-Cast: Grassland Productivity Forecast

Photo by Matt Mortenson. Steers drinking out of water trough.

09/19/17 Flexible Stocking Summit Report The Flexible Stocking Summit brought ranchers together from eastern Wyoming and Colorado, alongside USDA researchers and University Extension professionals. The summit was held at the Semiarid Grasslands Research Center near Nunn, CO, on...

Flexible Stocking Summit Report: A Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Learning Event

Research Study Site: USDA-ARS High Plains Grasslands Research Station

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying how changes in the atmosphere might impact rangelands throughout the region. With this research under our belt, we can begin strategizing how to adapt our rangeland and grazing management practices to future conditions. The...

Adapting for the Future

While you can't prevent hail, you can prepare for and respond quickly when crops are damaged. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension team is here to help you make informed and timely decisions through their new (launched winter 2018) website Hail Know. This easy to...

Hail Know

Drought is a natural and recurring feature of climate, which can have significant economic, social, and environmental impacts. Some regions are projected to experience drought more often in the future under a changing climate. To promote stronger drought resilience on federal...

Responding to Ecological Drought in the Northern and Rocky Mountain Regions

We are working for you! Follow the progress of tools and resources that the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub (NPCH) and partners are developing for our many stakeholders. Did you know the USDA NPCH has partnered with many entities including local, state & federal government...

Tools and Resources in Development

The Learning From Your Neighbor: Weather Resilience in Agriculture project is a 6 state collaborative effort highlighting agricultural producers who are early adopters of adaptation strategies, which build resilience of their operations to weather and extreme events. The goals...

Learning From Your Neighbor: Weather Resilience in Agriculture

Herford cattle near Miles City, MT

Researchers in the Northern Plains have been studying different ways of managing rangelands during drought -- including matching forage demand with forage production through adaptive management. Here is a summary of on-going research into adaptive management. Adaptive Management...

Adaptive Management: Matching Forage Demand with Forage Production

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