KANSAS GRASSLAND CONDITIONS

This 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 Lands Treatened 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
  
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) Report - Click Here
 
 
 
 Kansas Applied Remote Sensing - Green Report
 
 Green 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
  • This "drought planning" link is a brand new site under development by the National Drought Mitigation Center that is not actually public as yet. This is a temporary address for the site. If you are interested in testing it out, you can enter "reviewer" for username and "ranchplan" for password to log on to the site. After you log on, click on one of the green tabs and you should be able to navigate the site. There are still features that have not be developed as yet. We will let you know when this site goes public. The National Drought Mitigation Center contact for this site is Tonya Haigh, Research Specialist,(402) 472-6781, thaigh@unlnotes.unl.edu)

Current Kansas Weather Conditions
  • Kansas CoCoRaHS - Daily Precipitation Map

What is CoCoRaHS ?      Be a volunteer!



USGS Streamflow Information

The following United States Geological Survey (USGS) site provides real time streamflow (you can check your local stream levels), water quality, and groundwater levels for over 200 sites in Kansas.


2007 Kansas NRCS National Resources Inventory (NRI) Information
 and
  Rangeland Resources Assessment - Released December 2010


Kansas rangeland acres continue to decline under the pressures of urban development and other land use changes.  These same rangeland acres are important for many reasons including being home for many species of plants and animals. Grassland birds, for example, have declined by an alarming 70 percent. The NRCS's NRI report has documented these changes in land use.

NRCS 2007 NRI Report - Kansas Land Use Trends 1982 - 2007 - click here


In December of 2010 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released it's latest National Resources Inventory (NRI) Rangeland Resources Assessment.  Information about the condition of the land and related natural resources is needed at many different scales to inform decision makers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) gathers rangeland on-site data as part of the National Resources Inventory (NRI).   The following report focuses on information derived from NRI rangeland data collected on-site 2003 to 2006. The findings reported here focus on key issues in rangeland science including rangeland health, non-native plant species, non-native and native invasive plant species, bare ground, intercanopy gaps and soil surface aggregate stability. Future reports will provide more detailed results based on more recent data at a finer scale.

Click on the following link to view the report:

NRI Rangeland Resources Assessment (Released 12/2010)










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