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Drought Resources

Program Contact: Kathryn Hoogheem, Agriculture Extension Coordinator
(509) 684-2588 •

Need help getting your Ag operation through the drought? Let us help you!

Contact WSU Extension in Colville at: (509) 684-2588 (8:00 – Noon & 1:00 – 4:30 M-F)

Livestock in a Drought

Drought and your Livestock – Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Drought Resources from the USDA

Drought Resources from WA State

WA Dept. of Ecology 2015 Drought Site

2015 Drought Response Video WA Dept of Ecology (Webinar recorded Aug 2015)

  • Dead space prior to start of the webinar  (0:00 min – 4:58 min)
  • History of 2015 drought and comparison with other years (4:58 min – 16:52 min)
  • Summary of drought effects in WA State (16:52 min – 23:26 min)
  • Summary of Dept of Ecology response to drought (23:26 min – 26:57 min)
  • Water outlook for through 2016 (26:57 min – 29:02 min)
  • Available Drought Funding Assistance (29:02 min – 33:02 min)
  • How to apply for financial drought assistance (33:02 min – 37:55 min)
  • Application Review Process (37:55 min – 39:44 min)
  • Example Projects already funded, 2005 Goldendale, WA (33:02 min – 40:33 min)
  • Funding Timeline (40:33 min – 42:45 min)
  • Contacts for Drought Coordinator (42:45 min – 45:38 min)
  • Questions and Answers (43:45 min – 45:38 min)

How to Apply for a Department of Ecology Drought Relief Loan or Grant

  1. Go to the Dept of Ecology Water Resources Program Funding Opportunities web page
  2. Scroll down to the “How do I apply?” section.  Application information and instruction links are available there.
  3. Click on the link: Drought Relief Grant/Loan Application

Drought Resources Available from WSU Extension

Nitrate Poisoning Due To Drought-Stressed Forage Crops

Some forage plants can accumulate excess nitrogen when they’re stressed by drought or other factors.  If animals consume too much nitrogen from forage or water, nitrogen poisoning can occur.  This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as “Oat Hay Poisoning”.  Oats and other grain-hay crops have a tendency toward nitrate accumulation, as do many weeds, including Pig Weed, Lambs Quarter, and thistles.  It’s recommended that you test for nitrate levels in grain or weedy hay grown under drought conditions.

Nitrate Poisoning-Related Document Links

Quick-Testing Available from Stevens County Extension

Qualitative Forage Testing is available free of charge for hay growers in Stevens County.  This is a quick test that shows if your hay is of concern and should be tested by a qualified lab.

Contact WSU Extension to schedule a quick test, at (509) 684-2588

More Information about  the Nitrate Testing program used by WSU Stevens County Extension (from MSU Extension)

WSU State-Wide Drought Resources Page (From AgWeatherNet)

Availability of Water for Ag in Stevens County

Colville River Annual Flows from National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Water Rights in Washington State

Local Weather Information

Weather Forecasts from the National Weather Service (NOAA)

Daily Weather Station Information from WSU AgWeatherNet