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Drought Management

By James Rogers, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Posted Jun. 29, 2012

Updated February 2018
*While the years and numbers mentioned in this publication may be outdated, the strategies and principles listed are still accurate.*

Drought can be defined simply as 75 percent of normal precipitation with the normal being based on a 30-year average. It can be further defined as long term, lasting for several months, or short term, which can last several weeks. Regardless of the length of time that drought occurs, the results can be far reaching and devastating for agricultural production.

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