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Drought Planning

Drought Overview

Keep checking Foothill Farming for the latest drought information!

Drought Information:

State of California Drought Information

California Statewide Water Conditions

US Drought Monitor

Nevada Irrigation District Drought Information Page


Crop Resources

These publications provide useful information for managing annual and perennial crops during drought:

Strategies for Reducing Water Use and Crop Stress (2014)  (PDF)

Strategies for Reducing Water Use in Vegetable Crops 2014  (PDF)

Strategies for Reducing Water Use in Citrus  (PDF)

Helpful Links:

UC Drought Management Website 

Placer County Resource Conservation District Rural Conservation Program provides landowners and managers with water efficiency information, including soils information and low impact practices.

Nevada County Resource Conservation District

CIMIS Irrigation Resources 

Wateright: Irrigation Scheduling

Irrometer Soil Moisture Monitoring Tools (Tensiometers & matrix blocks)

NRCS: Soil Moisture by Feel  (PDF)

Drought Assistance Programs

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides funding to farmers and ranchers who use conservation practices: NRCS Drought Assistance Programs (PDF)

The Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) provides emergency funding for farmers and ranchers impacted by drought. For more information: ECP for Drought Assistance (PDF)

For Commercial Producers needing to apply for more water once the percent decrease is decided upon: NID Application for Drought Hardship (PDF)

Livestock Resources

Planning for drought is essential - an effective drought plan allows a ranch business to bounce back more quickly once the rain comes!  Good planning can minimize the economic and financial impacts of drought and protect the long-term productivity of the land.  Click on the links below for more drought planning resources:



Economics and Finance

Government Livestock Drought Programs:

FSA Livestock Forage Program

NRCS Rangeland Fact Sheet

Links to Other Resources:

Managing Sheep in Drought

UC Davis Rangeland Watershed Laboratory Drought Information

Updates from Other Counties 




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