The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation's Agricultural Division will host a workshop to provide farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and north Texas with information concerning drought conditions.

The four-hour workshop, entitled "Forage Management Before, During and After Drought," will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the Pavilion on the Noble Foundation campus in Ardmore.

"Throughout the past few years, our region has experienced significant drought conditions," said James Rogers, Ph.D., Noble Foundation pasture and range specialist. "The workshop will discuss the current weather pattern, including how much longer it might last. We will also talk about the effect the dry weather conditions have had on our cool-season perennial forage testing and discuss some management strategies on how to deal with drought-like conditions. It's going to be a very beneficial workshop for all farmers and ranchers."

The workshop will kick off at 5 p.m. with registration. Jim Johnson, Noble Foundation soils and crops specialist, will open the workshop with a discussion on the weather outlook, followed by dinner.

Noble Foundation specialists and scientists will then offer presentations on fall and summer tall fescue, grazing performances of tall fescue compared to rye, and dry weather forage management and moisture conservation strategies. The workshop will conclude with an open discussion.

The cost of the workshop is $10 and includes dinner. For additional information or to sign up for the workshop, contact Annie Coble at (580).224.6501 or by e-mail at macoble@noble.org.