The special drought edition of Today's Ag will air Aug. 16 from 7 to 8 p.m. on South Dakota Public Television. SDPTV also will re-run the special on Friday, Aug. 18, from 9 to 10 p.m. in place of the regular half-hour Today's Ag.
The toll-free number to call in questions on livestock, crops, or family issues related to drought will be posted on the screen during the Aug. 16 program. A panel of South Dakota State University Extension specialists will be answering viewer questions on the air.
"The purpose of the special is to provide science-based management information for people with questions about the drought. We want to address situations people are dealing with in August and early September," SDSU Cooperative Extension Director Jerry Warmann said.
Today's Ag producer Carrie Law will host the show, directing questions to the SDSU specialists. Panelists include SDSU Extension State Climatologist Dennis Todey; Extension Dairy Specialist Alvaro Garcia; Extension Range Livestock Production Specialist Eric Mousel; Extension Crops Specialist Bob Hall; and Extension Family Resource Management Specialist Liz Gorham. Other specialists may be added.
South Dakotans can also find drought-management resources by visiting the SDSU Extension drought Web site, http://sdces.sdstate.edu/drought/. Or ask at your county Extension office.