The Utah State University Extension Office will be hosting a webinar on Utah Agriculture Drought Mitigation Strategies on Tuesday, May 4 at 6:00 pm. Castle Country Radio took time to sit down with Agriculture Assistant Professor, Steve Price to talk about the upcoming webinar.
“Ag producers, people with farms and ranches in the area are trying to get their game plan nailed down. They have some mitigation strategies they can use to help ensure that they are still receiving an economic return on those farms. You don’t have to throw your hands up in the air and say well we’re going to lose everything this year, there are steps that people can take with a little bit of for thought to help get those farms through this drought,” stated Price. That is what this webinar is structured to do is help folks figure out how to adapt to a drought season this summer.
The webinar is free and open to all farmers and ranchers. “It is free and you can get a registration link if you go to bit.ly/utahdroughtmitigation you can also contact any of the Extension Offices and we can send you that link. There is a registration but like I said its free to join, you just have to get signed up that way you can join in on the meeting,” explained Price. The Carbon County Extension Office can be reached at (435) 636-3233 or Emery County Extension Office at (435) 381-2381.
The topics that will be covered during the webinar are pasture, rangeland, and forage insurance program, also crop rotations, safely feeding and deficit irrigation. “So deficit irrigation obviously for a lot of crops in our area this year we won’t be able to irrigate them to optimal conditions. So there are certain ways both timing and field selection that you can use to ensure that you’re getting the most out of the water that you are putting down. It may not be ideal but you’re still staying, you’re still going to get the best returns you can for every drop of water you’re actually going to be able to use,” stated Price. The webinar is sure to answer any questions and concerns that farmers and ranchers may have this year.
If any individuals would like more information about the webinar, they can contact the Extension Office in their said county.