Drought

Manage the impact of agricultural drought with the useful resources below, including hints and tips, articles, insight from farmers and growers, and relevant research projects.

Explore the themes below to find specific information and links to external sites which offer help.

Livestock

Bedding options

Read our guidance on animal bedding as supplies of straw run low

Feed and fodder

Explore resources on subjects like managing feed price volatility and alternative feed options during feed and fodder shortages

Reducing heat stress

Discover the best way to handle and manage heat-stress in livestock with our guidance resources

Arable and horticulture

Nutrient management

When is too late for a nitrogen top-up during drought? Get advice and resources on nutrient management during periods water shortage

Burn-down and harvest

Prolonged hot weather and asscoiated drought mean changes in burn-down and harvesting practices. Learn more with our detailed videos and guidance documents.

Water - abstraction and irrigation

All the DOs and DON'Ts of water managment during hot weather and associated drought conditions

Advice for all farmers and growers

Market information

Insight from the latest datasets, anticipating potential drought impacts, and drawing on the views and opinions of our sector experts.

Debt, community support and other resources

A list of useful links and support networks to access during extreme business circumstances associated with adverse weather conditions

Fire prevention

Learn how to prevent and manage fires on farms in dry conditions


Latest drought articles

Relevant AHDB Research Projects

Sector

Title

Full Title

AHDB Contact

Horticulture R&D

CP 110: Developing a water strategy for UK horticulture

Developing a water strategy for UK horticulture

Anne Stone

FV 326a: Irrigation on Rijnsburger bulb onion ? II

Impact of irrigation practices on Rijnsburger bulb onion husbandry, quality and storability ? II

Cathryn Lambourne

TF PO 001: FERTINNOWA - Sustainable Water use in Fertigated crops

FERTINNOWA - Sustainable Water use in Fertigated crops

Georgina Key

Potatoes R&D

R445 Late season water management

Late season water management in potatoes

Alice Sin

Potatoes R&D

R448 Common Scab Control

Common scab control - Reducing the irrigation water requirements and the effect of beneficial soil microorganisms and biofumigation

Sue Cowgill

R&D

CP 159: The resilience of potato and horticulture businesses to changes in abstraction licensing

The resilience of potato and horticulture businesses to changes in abstraction licensing

Anne Stone