There are not too many benefits from an extended drought, but there may be at least one opportunity. During drought farm ponds may be dry or significantly below normal storage levels allowing you to tackle some long over-due pond maintenance that would be impossible if the pond was full.

Sedimentation can reduce storage capacity over time causing ponds to dry up faster during drought. Take advantage of the drought and ward off the next one by removing sediment from the base of the pond. Low water levels also provide the perfect opportunity to remove woody vegetation, which weaken and damage pond structures such as dam slopes. Dams also are damaged by livestock trails that reduce top elevations and increase run-off. In addition, pond banks are damaged by the erosive effects due to wave action.