Kansas Grassland ConditionsThis page provides users with a quick link to up-to-date information including current plant growth, drought conditions, current weather and streamflow. The latest NRCS NRI Rangeland Resources Assessment is included. Grazing folks should be especially pro-active in monitoring and recording plant growth and precipitation on a year-round basis, then using that information in developing a drought management plan as a key component of their over-all grazing management and ranch management plan.
Is Kansas Native Grazing Land Threatened by Farm Bill Policies?Compared with producers in other regions, producers in the Northern Plains (specifically Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota) were more likely to convert rangeland to cropland. The Northern Plains accounted for 57 percent of U.S. gross conversions of rangeland to cropland in 1997-2007, even though the region encompasses only 18 percent of the Nation’s rangeland. See recent USDA ERS Report
Kansas Applied Remote Sensing - Green ReportGreen Report - KARS present vegetation greeness and crop biomass/vegetation relative condition maps. Dr. Kevin Price, Department of Agronomy & Department of Geography, Kansas State University, has kindly provided and given permission to use a two part presentation, "Comparative Mapping of Vegetative Growth" Part 1 and Part 2 he put together to explain how the Green Report is prepared and interpreted.
National Drought Mitigation Center - U.S. Drought Monitor and Drought Planning
Current Kansas Weather Conditions
- National Weather Service
- Rangeland Fire Danger Index
- Current weather radar
- KSU Research and Extension Weather Data
- Kansas CoCoRaHS - Daily Precipitation Map