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Drought Resources

Research-based information to help Kansans cope with dry conditions

UPDATE (April 23):
Two new articles were posted on the Extension Agronomy eUpdate site:


Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer on March 13 issued a drought declaration for all 105 counties in Kansas due to persistent dry conditions.

All counties are at least in watch status, with many of the southwest, central and south-central counties in emergency status.

The Kansas Water Office serves as the coordinating agency for drought response. More information on these and other resources and activities can be found on their web page: www.kwo.ks.gov

Note: This is a different URL than has been used in the past, so users should update their bookmarks

K-State Research and Extension has an array of informational materials available to help Kansans deal with drought conditions.

The College of Agriculture’s Agronomy eUpdate newsletter offers timely advice, and users can search through the extensive archives. 

K-State’s Kansas Climate website offers weekly maps and drought reports

Following is a list of helpful publications that are available for download or hard-copy purchase from the K-State Research and Extension bookstore.

K-State Research and Extension drought research

Drought-tolerant corn hybrids (2017)

Precipitation Trends and Changes in Drought (2017)

Drought-Tolerant Trees for South-Central Kansas (2015)

Rangeland Management Following Wildfire (2017)

Efficient Crop Water Use in Kansas (2012)

Research Information (this is a search on New Prairie Press on “drought”):

Extension Materials:

Blue Green Algae (this could be another bad year for toxic algae)

Identification and Management of Blue-green Algae in Farm Ponds (2012)

Nontraditional Forages as Emergency or Supplemental Feedstuffs (2008)


State Records of Temperature, Precipitation, and Snowfall over 1895 to 2015: Kansas Climate Basics (2017)

National Weather Service Forecasts: Serving Agriculture (2017)


Buffalograss Lawns (2014)

How to Hire an Irrigation Contractor (2013)
(includes information on water-saving products)

Basic Principles of Water Management (2008)

Drip Irrigation for Community Gardens (2014)

Growing Growers: Drip Irrigation Basics (2016)



Waterers and Watering Systems: A Handbook for Livestock Producers and Landowners (2007)

Alternative Livestock Watering: Covered Concrete Waterer (2006)

Beef Cow-Calf Management Options When Pasture is Limited (2014)


Emergency Wind Erosion Control (2013) 

Principles of Wind Erosion and its Control (2009)


Waterwise series

Watering Newly Planted and Young Trees and Shrubs (2008)

Watering Established Trees and Shrubs (2008)

Watering Established Lawns (2008)

Watering New Lawns (2008)

Watering Vegetable and Flower Gardens (2008)

Watering Raised Beds, Berms, Containers, and Houseplants (2008)

Drought resources via the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

U.S. Drought Monitor

Dealing with Drought (Iowa State, 2017)

North Dakota Drought page

Texas A&M AgriLife drought page

University of California drought page

Hay exchange (many states)