April’s Ag Advice

April's Ag Advice by April Borders The drought in South Dakota has had a significant impact on our lives. The drought has affected our crops, pastures, livestock, families, economy, our whole way of life. We have many concerns and decisions to make for our future. These are not easy decisions to make and can only be made after careful consideration of all the facts. The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will be holding a public meeting Friday, Sept. 27, in Tyndall to discuss crucial decisions about drought. This is the last in a series of nine regional "drought management" meetings that have been held statewide.

The meeting will be at the 4-H Center starting at 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The topics and speakers are:

* Taxes: Carol Oller, Internal Revenue Service. She will highlight tax implications and strategies for 2002 and beyond.

* Family communications: SDSU Extension Family Life, Parenting and Child Care Specialist Ann Michelle Daniels. Ann Michelle will address the importance of good family communications during stressful times.

* What makes us tick? Our response to reality: Judy Stratman, WNAX farm broadcaster and public speaker will provide insight on how we respond to the reality of the drought.

* Feed value of drought-stressed and alternative feeds: SDSU Extension Beef Specialist Cody Wright. Wright will discuss the feed values of drought stressed forages as well as alternative forages producers plan to feed this winter. He will provide information on balanced rations, reproductive concerns, and general decisions in regards to nitrate management in our feeds. Wright will also talk about the supplement feeds in the Drought Aid Program that cow/calf producers have been able to sign up for.

* What to do when your income drops: SDSU Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Liz Gorham. Liz will outline strategies dealing with income changes.

The specialists at SDSU have been working hard to stay on top of the drought issue. We are here to help you wherever we can. We also have some great publications that may help you in making these critical decisions:

* Harvesting and Feeding Drought-Stressed Corn

* Incorporating High Nitrate Feeds into Feeding Programs

* Managing Pastures During and After Drought

* Stress and the Farm or Ranch Family

* The Family Meeting

If you are interested in more information please call the Extension Office at 677-7111. Take time and come to the public meeting. It is open to the public at no fee.

The program is sponsored by the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service, the South 2 Field Education Unit and WNAX Radio 570. Sponsors of the noon meal and coffee break include: Security State Bank, Tyndall; Community Bank of Avon; CorTrust Bank, Tabor and Yankton; Farmers & Merchant State, Scotland; First Savings Bank, Springfield; and First Dakota Banks of Yankton, Parkston and Wagner.

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