Tips for Drought Planning on Your Colorado Ranch or Farm Property

Real Estate Agent with Hayden Outdoors

Having a drought plan and knowing that there could be a need for it is the first step in preparing for drought on your farm or ranch in Colorado. Know body knows what precipitation levels are going to be from year to year. However as we mentioned in our last ranch and land blog, a visit to the US Drought Monitor website can help in predicting and forecasting what might be in store for the year.  


In Colorado, we usually like to look at snow pack levels in the mountains and plains as well as spring rainfall to assist us in determining what amounts of water might be available for agricultural use during the summer. Combine this data with temperature data and you have the most useful predictors to be included in drought forecasting. After reviewing the forecasting data one should plan for extreme as well as average conditions. Those that are most familiar with their locations climate will have more success in their drought mitigation plans.


Consider the following when planning for drought on your ranch or farm: Start with water planning and use. Look at all types of irrigation system types and choose one depending on how you might save water through percolation, runoff or evaporation. Look at ways to increase the efficiency of your existing equipment.  Create a water storage system through tanks and ditches for emergency situations. If you have access to aquifers utilize this water instead of surface water. And lastly, place measuring devices into your system that will allow you to gauge and track your water usage.


We have addressed water management and planning for drought mitigation in this blog. In our next blog we will address land and crop management for drought mitigation.

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Jennifer O'Brien
Credit, Wealth & Success Coaching - Fair Oaks, CA

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Aug 11, 2008 08:02 PM
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Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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