Tools and Resources in Development

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, NGOs, private industry, and the six 1862 land grant universities in our region? These partnerships are at the core of our success in ensuring we serve our many stakeholders, such as YOU! We will occasionally provide updates about tools and resources in development, so you can learn how we are working for you. We invite you to check back with us from time-to-time to see what we have in the pipeline!

Explore Efforts by the Northern Plains Climate Hub Extension and Outreach Team


FEATURED! 05/22/18 Grass-Cast: The Grassland Productivity Forecast

You told us. We listened. Now we are delivering!

Ranchers in the northern plains region now have a new forecast in their toolbox to consider. We are excited to announce the release of Grass-Cast: a new, experimental grassland productivity forecast. Given the Great Plains’ highly variable weather, it’s hard to know how much grass our rangelands will produce during the summer grazing season. But Grass-Cast will help livestock producers in the northern Great Plains reduce uncertainty by providing science-informed estimates of grassland productivity.

Tell me more! The first Grass-Cast was released May 22, 2018, and will be updated every two weeks.

This new experimental grassland productivity forecast is the collective effort of a team of rangeland scientists, meteorologists, and climate modelers from Colorado State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service (Rangeland Resources and Systems Research Unit), National Drought Mitigation Center (at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Arizona, and USDA NPCH.


05/30/18 Colorado Drought: Resources and Workshops by Colorado State University Extension

Drought is a natural part of Colorado's climate - including "". The winter of 2017 - 18 proved to be tough in many parts of Colorado - particularly the southern and western areas of the state where very little snow fell compared to normal. During the spring, drought conditions intensified and expanded further north and east. In response, Colorado State University (CSU) and partner organizations have worked to offer webinars, workshops, and other resources around the state. The following are a few examples of efforts led by CSU Extension.

Drought Resources. Are you looking for up-to-date information about drought in Colorado? offers a wealth of information: Hot Topics, Publications, Topics (e.g., drought information specific to Agriculture, Natural Resources, Water Resources, Yard/Garden), and Other Disaster Sites (e.g., Fire Resources).

Drought Workshops. The CSU Extension Range Technical Team, along with the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Forest Service (FS), among other collaborators, recently offered five, 3-hour drought workshops in western Colorado and northern New Mexico. The workshops attracted over 185 ranchers, public land managers, and other community members.

Workshops focused on drought management skill-building for ranchers and other range managers. Skills covered included preemptive (planning for drought and maintaining flexibility), real-time (employing adaptive strategies during drought), and post-drought adaptions.

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If you didn't find the drought-related information you were looking for, please feel free to contact the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub Coordinator, , with a brief description of what information or resource you are looking for or what drought related question you are trying to answer.


05/05/2018 What's new at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension (UNL-E)?

Hail Know. Curious how hail is formed? How about management options following an early or late season hail storm? Do you know the top 3 questions to ask your crop insurance agent? to learn more and follow them on

AgriTools App. Are you looking for easy to access, location-specific climate and weather information important to agriculture in Nebraska? Look no further! The UNL-E team's AgriTools App is now available for iOS and Android.