Is Drought in the 2021 Forecast?

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Iowa drought monitor map.

Iowa drought monitor map for Dec. 31, 2020.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Livestock producers and agribusiness professionals are invited to a webinar discussing climate and weather predictions for the 2021 growing season. The webinar, set for Wednesday, January 20, from noon to 1 p.m., features Dennis Todey, director of the USDA Climate Hub in Ames. Iowa State University extension beef specialist Beth Doran said Todey will bring accurate and important information for those who work with livestock and crop production agriculture.

“Dennis Todey is known nationally for his knowledge and experience in weather forecasting and comes with distinction as the former president of the American Association of State Climatologists,” Doran said. “This is a timely presentation, given that currently more than half of Iowa is experiencing drought conditions ranging from abnormally dry to severe drought.”  

The webinar is offered by the ISU Extension Dairy Team as part of its monthly webinar series. Anyone interested in learning about the weather predictions for 2021 can attend the webinar at Use this link to connect directly to the webinar on Jan. 20 at at the noon start time.

No preregistration is required and there is no fee to attend.

For more information, please contact Fred Hall, ISU Extension Dairy Specialist in northwest Iowa, by email at or Doran by email at  Both may also be reached at 712-737-4230.


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 712-737-4230,


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