Corn crop during drought of 2012 in central Illinois
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Corn crop during drought of 2012 in central Illinois

Get tips here on caring for your lawn and garden during a drought.
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Get tips here on caring for your lawn and garden during a drought.

Achillea millefolium or Yarrow is  well-suited to dry sites.
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Achillea millefolium or Yarrow is well-suited to dry sites.

Drought

Seneca/Schuyler is eligible for Emergency Loans (August 2016)

Seneca and Schuyler counties were declared a primary disaster due to drought and heat using the streamlined Secretarial Disaster Designation process. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.

The streamlined disaster designation process issues a drought disaster declaration when a county has experienced a drought intensity value of at least a D3 (extreme drought) level for based on the U.S. Drought Monitor during the crop year.

Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine.

Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.

For more information about emergency loans, please contact

Schuyler County Producers should contact - Steuben County Farm Loan Team
415 West Morris Street Bath, NY 14810 Phone 607-776-7398

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County is working with Community Partners on Waiver Process for Farmers.

Please click the following link to view the form

https://www.tax.ny.gov/pdf/current_forms/orpts/rp305b_fill_in.pdf

If you have any questions please call 607-535-7161 or email Brett Chedzoy at bjc226@cornell.edu or Mel Schroeder at Mcs35@cornell.edu

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A drought is a period of below-average precipitation in a given region, resulting in prolonged shortages in its water supply, whether atmospheric, surface water or ground water. A drought can last for months or years, or may be declared after as few as 15 days.  [Definition from Wikipedia]  

The effects of prolonged drought conditions can be seen in the growth and appearance of crops and lawns, as well as in low levels of lakes, rivers, streams and wells. Visit the resources listed below for more information on drought topics related to you.


Agriculture

Drought Management Revised -YouTube video from Cornell Small Farms Program and CCE-Chenango that offers strategies for  periods with little or no rain, when grass and forages are in short supply.

Livestock Drought Concerns (PDF) - covers general ideas for watering livestock during drought, what to do if the main water source dries up, and other concerns (CCE-Delaware / Watershed Agriculture Program, 2012).

New York Hay for Sale


General / Household

20 Ways to Save Water (PDF) - a brief listing of ways to conserve water by modifying your everyday living habits (Penn State University, 2008).

Indoor Water Conservation Tips Prior to a Drought (PDF) includes general water conservation tips plus those specific to bathroom and kitchen water use (EDEN/Extension Disaster Education Network, 2010).

Indoor Water Conservation Tips During a Drought (PDF) includes water conservation tips specific to bathroom, kitchen and laundry water use (EDEN/Extension Disaster Education Network, 2012).

Preparing for a Water Emergency (PDF, 12pp) is a tool for food processors, food manufacturers, and other large volume water users to be better prepared for water shortage and contamination emergencies (Penn State University, 2011).

Water Saving Devices for Your Home - using faucet aerators, low flow shower heads and toilet dams can reduce your home water use (University of Florida Extension).


Lawn & Garden

Rx for Dry Landscapes: Water Trees & Shrubs, Not the Lawn provides watering advice from Cornell Horticulture (7/26/16).

Conserve Water with Xeriscape Landscaping (PDF) includes design considerations, mulches, irrigation systems, and includes a list of drought tolerant plants for your garden (CCE-Nassau, 2009).

Drought Gardening, from University of Vermont Extension, Dept. of Plant & Soil Science.

Gardening under Drought Conditions (PDF) covers recycling and conserving water, ways to minimize water evaporation in the garden, and other gardening practices you should use in time of drought (CCE-Dutchess & Rockland Counties, 2004).

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips Prior to a Drought (PDF) includes general water conservation tips plus those specific to your lawn and pool (EDEN/Extension Disaster Education Network, 2012).

Outdoor Water Conservation Tips During a Drought (PDF) covers car washing and lawn care during drought conditions (EDEN/Extension Disaster Education Network, 2012).

Water Wise Gardening (PDF) discusses efficient watering times and methods, choosing drought tolerant plant varieties, water needs of lawns, trees & shrubs, and other tips (CCE-Rockland County, 2009).

Water Wise Lawns (PDF) covers watering for new and established lawns, supplemental irrigation, and other suggested practices (CCE-Rockland County, 2009).


Water Systems

Coping with Drought-Affected Private Water Supply Wells (Iowa State University Extension, 2013).

Managing Your Well During a Drought (PDF) - This fact sheet from Penn State University Cooperative Extension covers groundwater fluctuations, impacts of land use, how to monitor groundwater levels, conservation techniques, and what to do if your well runs dry (Penn State University, 2005).

Using Low-Yielding Wells (PDF) - This fact sheet from Penn State University Cooperative Extension discusses well yield, peak demand, how to reduce peak water use, increasing water storage, and pump and well capacity (Penn State University, 2005).

Contact

Brett Chedzoy
SCNY Ag Team-Forestry Specialist; Sr. Resource Educator. Disaster and All Hazards Response Team
bjc226@cornell.edu
607-742-3657

Last updated September 15, 2016