When rain becomes scarce, the lack of forage will lead innovative producers to find ways to maximize forage growth. Mike King, manager of Nubbin Ridge Farms in Westminster, S.C., decided to try growing more forage in those places where moisture collected. And that, Mr. King reasoned, was on the topside of his pasture's terraces.

To take advantage of the higher moisture content along the high side of terraces, Mr. King applied Nitrogen fertilizer at a rate of 200 pounds per acre. His experiment resulted in excellent grass growth with only minor rainfall. The extra growth provided some cattle forage until the drought conditions subsided.