Sunday, November 29, 2015

Managing Drought Risk on the Ranch

Sample Drought Plans

These sample drought plans have been contibuted by ranchers, consultants, and advisors throughout the Great Plains.  They range from very simple to quite detailed.  While they do not all follow the planning methods suggested here, they may help you decide what sort of plan is needed for your ranch operation. 

A key point to remember with any planning process is the old saying, "garbage in - garbage out."  The better job you do collecting information about your operation and evaluating your options before, during, and after drought, the better the results of your plan will be.

Sample Plans


South Dakota

Central South Dakota - Daybreak Ranch



Southwest Nebraska - Shamrock Ranch

Western Nebraska Sandhills - Tippets-Myers Ranch

Nebraska Sandhills - Reed Hamilton Ranch



South-Central Kansas - Alexander Ranch

North-Central Kansas - Adams Ranch



Southern Colorado Case Study - Welch Ranch



West-Central Texas - Johnson Ranch


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