Tag: Drought

Livestock Prices Holding Strong

We’ve been hearing a lot lately about how the grain futures and cash prices have been fluctuating because of world events and weather events across the country but how have livestock markets been reacting to these same events and the grains? Billy Bushelle owner and manager of Bagley Livestock Exchange explained the situation on the…
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April 18, 2022 0

Ag Year in Review with the Red River Farm Network

Carah Hart from the Red River Farm Network gives us the rundown of top stories for producers this year. No surprise that drought is at the top of the list, impacting a major part of the region. On the other hand, grain prices were up due to the tough conditions for crops. Hart also talks…
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December 28, 2021 0

Mahnomen-Becker FSA Provides Updates on Livestock Assistance Programs

Mahnomen, MN — The drought situation in Northwest Minnesota appears to be greatly improving. The USDA Drought Monitor at one point had parts of the area as high as a D4, the highest drought level, for several weeks. But the latest update had much of the area downgraded to a D2, known as a severe…
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October 14, 2021 0

City of Ada Continues Water Restrictions Despite Recent Rainfalls

Ada, MN — The grass may be greener but that doesn’t mean water restrictions will be ending in the city of Ada and area communities anytime soon. Even after more than a handful of inches of rain has fallen in the past two weeks, Ada Public Works Director Brian Rasmussen says the city, and more…
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September 3, 2021 0

Where the Drought Stands According to NDAWN

Drought has become the theme this summer across much of North Dakota Agriculture Weather Network territory, which includes sites in Minnesota and Montana. Daryl Ritchison who is director of NDAWN says North Dakota has three breakdowns to the drought situation. Ritchison says compared to past drought years, including 1988, the rain patterns shifted in August.…
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August 16, 2021 0

City of Ada Bans Non-essential Outdoor Water Usage

Ada, MN — The City of Ada is stepping up their efforts to further conserve water during the ongoing drought. Previously the city had limited lawn watering to essentially every other day, but now is banning all non-essential outdoor water usage. City of Ada Public Works Director Brian Rasmusson says that includes lawn watering, filling…
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August 5, 2021 0

Harvesting Nontraditional Crops for Hay an Option

The drought in North Dakota is impacting the yield of small-grain crops such as barley, oats, rye, triticale and wheat, leading some producers to harvest the small grains as hay. The severe lack of moisture also has impacted this year’s hay production and many producers are seeking alternative, possibly nontraditional, sources of forage such as…
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August 4, 2021 0

Drought’s Impact on Lakes

The long hot summer has been driving recreationalists to the lakes each weekend and they have probably noticed a slightly lower water line compared to past years. Nathan Olson is the area supervisor with the Minnesota DNR at the Detroit Lakes area fisheries and says there may be some boat access issues as the water…
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July 29, 2021 0

FSA Programs to Help in Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency says that August 2nd is the big date to keep in mind as farmers and ranchers continue to work through dry conditions. Norman County Executive Directory for FSA, Randy Tufton, says that’s when producers can get into emergency and managed CRP land for haying and grazing because…
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July 29, 2021 0

Minnesota Enters Drought Warning Phase

Minnesota is now experiencing severe drought in 52 percent of the state, while 4 percent is in extreme drought. The state has entered the drought warning phase. With this designation, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and others are taking additional steps. Current drought information, including details on areas subject to surface water use suspensions, is…
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July 25, 2021 0