drought

Drought may be driving up North Dakota pelican population

BISMARCK, N.D. – Abnormally dry weather may have helped boost the number of American white pelicans nesting in north-central North Dakota, considered North America’s largest refuge for the big-billed birds. Results of an aerial survey show 16,600 pelicans nesting at the Chase Lake National Wildlife Refuge, an increase of about 2,400 birds from a year ago when high water gobbled…

North Dakota pheasant estimate up but drought could cause problems

BISMARCK, N.D. – Wildlife officials say North Dakota’s spring pheasant population estimate is up 3% from last year but worry that an extended drought could cut into hunting prospects in the fall. The number of roosters detected this spring was up in the northwest, southeast and northeast regions. The southwest area, which is generally considered the state’s main pheasant hunting…

Minnesota bracing for extended drought, wildfire conditions

MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota authorities are bracing for an extended wildfire season, saying the typical summer reprieve is looking more and more unlikely. Wildfires are typically at their worst in the spring and fall, slowing down in the summer when trees and plants are fully green and rain increases. But more than half of the state is experiencing drought conditions and…

Goehring wants farmers to have more flexibility in dealing with drought

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota agriculture officials are asking the federal government to give farmers and ranchers more flexibility in dealing with drought conditions that have parched the state. This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor map shows exceptional drought, the worst of four categories, covers about 18% of the state. The next category, extreme drought, blankets another 46% of North Dakota. All…

Drought leads to skyrocketing wildfires in North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. – In drought-stricken North Dakota, wildfires have burned about 156 square miles of land across the state so far this year, more than seven times the amount from all of last year. The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services and North Dakota Forest Service say that nearly 1,400 fires have been confirmed in 2021. There were a total…

Counties join ban on fireworks because of drought

BISMARCK, N.D. – Burleigh and Morton counties have joined the city of Mandan in banning the use of fireworks during the July Fourth holiday season due to the widespread drought in North Dakota. Rural fire chiefs in both counties recommended the bans because of extremely dry conditions. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows more than two-thirds of the state is in…

Severe drought affecting farmers, crops and livestock

The most affected areas of drought are leaving lasting effects on both crops and livestock.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — Severe drought conditions continue to have damaging effects on the agricultural industry. “Ninety-nine percent of the state is currently in drought of which 18 percent is in the most severe or D-4 level which is known as exceptional drought,” North Dakota State University Extension Livestock Environmental Specialist Miranda Meehan said. The most affected areas of drought…

Gov. Burgum addresses state agricultural leaders on severe drought conditions

Some of the hardest hit areas are farms that specialize in small grain crops.

NORTH DAKOTA (KVRR) — North Dakota’s severe drought conditions are causing hardships in the agriculture industry “Our two worst years were 1980 and 1988. It just never rained. We’ve had a little more rain on our farm than those two years, but I can equate this year to that,” Kevin Skunes from the North Dakota Corn Growers Association said. After…

Extreme heat & drought causes problems for farmers

The plants aren't able to root down enough to absorb the moisture that is down below for as fast as it's evaporating.

WHEATLAND, N.D. (KVRR) — Warm temperatures and the lack of rain is posing some problems for farmers and their crops. “I guess to take care of them and to raise a crop you need to get it planted right and make sure you take care of the weeds and pray for a little bit of rain once in a while,”…

Severe drought persists in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. – Severe drought conditions persist in North Dakota, despite widespread rainfall and cooler weather recently. About 85% of North Dakota is experiencing extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday. That’s up from 83% last week. Extreme drought blankets the western and central portions of the state, with most of the Red River Valley in…