Drought Resources
Drought Resources



drought soil

Many parts of Kentucky are experiencing a mild to severe drought. The western and central regions of the State seem to be most affected. The information provided is meant to assist in dealing with the drought. Select a content area and choose the information relevant to your situation.

  • Forages
  • Livestock
  • Grains
  • Drought Monitoring
  • Tools/Resources

Grain Crops

CAFE Grains Crops 

Irrigation Options

Corn Irrigation Needs in Kentucky
A presentation (PDF) of a general irrigation, water use, and corn requirements for water.

Irrigation Management for Corn (Nebraska)
Article discusses irrigation management strategies and objective

Nebraska Ag Irrigation
Farmers can optimize water use efficiency and protect the quality of water resources by applying basic information about irrigation systems, crop water use and management practices.


Corn Stalk Nitrate Test
Basics of a nitrate test on corn

Current Drought Information

Updated drought information and monitoring data.

Current as of July 19

College Ag Weather Center




Realtime Soil Moisture Readings

Kentucky is experiencing droughty conditions. The information about a relatively new soil moisture analytics tool may prove useful. There is an interactive map of near real-time soil moisture readings, along with considerable other data. The information can be accessed at Crop Condition and Soil Moisture Analytics Tool (Crop-CASMA) | Drought.gov


Southeast Climate Hub

Extension Disaster Education Network

Contact Information

Laura Stephenson, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Extension

S-107 Ag. Science Center North Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 257-4302