drought

Rainfall Welcomed by North Dakota’s Drought-Stricken Producers

Pasture and range conditions are rated 58 percent poor or very poor

  NORTH DAKOTA — Rainfall over the past week in North Dakota halted or delayed harvest but was welcomed by drought-plagued farmers. The weekly crop report says about half of the topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies in the state are still rated short or very short. The harvest of small grains crops including spring wheat, durum wheat and oats is…

Bank of North Dakota Offering Low Interest Disaster Loans to Drought-Stricken Producers

The loan program is aimed at helping ranchers rebuild breeding stock and to pay for feed to sustain herd levels

  NORTH DAKOTA — The Bank of North Dakota may be making low-interest disaster loans available to ranchers dealing with drought. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring estimates that North Dakota cattle ranchers have sold off about 100,000 animals in recent months due to drought. The loan program is aimed at helping ranchers rebuild breeding stock and to pay for feed to…

Despite Drought Conditions, Small Grain Harvest Wrapping Up in North Dakota

Barley is 96 percent harvested, near last year's pace of 98 percent

  NORTH DAKOTA — The small grain harvest is wrapping up across much of North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop report says the spring wheat harvest is 94 percent complete. That’s on pace with last year but ahead of the five-year average of 84 percent. Barley is 96 percent harvested, near last year’s pace of 98 percent….

Pheasant Numbers Drop to Near Record Levels

A similar survey in South Dakota shows a 45 percent drop

  NORTH DAKOTA — Pheasant numbers in the Dakotas are down to some of the lowest levels on record. Biologists say the drop is blamed largely on the worst drought to hit the states in decades. North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August shows the number of birds is down 61 percent from last year. A…

Gov. Burgum Travels to D.C., Asking for Drought Disaster Declaration

The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional drought conditions

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Burgum is in Washington, D.C. seeking a presidential disaster declaration for the drought. He met with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to talk about drought relief efforts for North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The latest drought monitor survey shows nearly half of the state is still experiencing severe, extreme or exceptional…

Watch LIVE on KVRR Local News: President Trump’s Tax Reform Speech in Mandan

He is also expected to talk about the impact of the drought

  MANDAN, ND — North Dakota is about to get its first visit by a president since 2014 when President Obama visited Cannon Ball. President Trump will touch down in Bismarck tomorrow for a tax reform speech at the Andeavor Corporation Refinery in Mandan at 3 p.m. He is also expected to talk about the impact of the drought. We…

No Major Changes in Drought Conditions for North Dakota

Twenty-two percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought and that is unchanged

  NORTH DAKOTA — There has been little change in drought conditions in the Dakotas over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 66 percent of North Dakota in some stage of drought, up slightly from 63 percent last week. Twenty-two percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought and that is unchanged. The Drought…

Application Deadline for Hay Lottery Approaching

The hay will be distributed through a lottery drawing early next month

  NORTH DAKOTA — Time is running out for drought-impacted ranchers in the Northern Plains to apply for a hay lottery. The application deadline for ranchers in the Dakotas and Montana is Thursday. North Dakota’s Agriculture Department, NDSU and the Michigan-based nonprofit Ag Community Relief earlier this month announced the program to accept hay donations at a site near the…

Farm Rescue’s “Hay Convoy” Deploys to Help North Dakota Producers

Several local businesses and truck drivers volunteered time and resources

ROTHSAY, Minn. — A team of volunteers left Rothsay this morning to help drought stricken farmers in North Dakota. “There is hope and somebody does care about them,” said Nic Hendrickx with Farm Rescue. Farm Rescue rounded up more than 16 trucks for their hay convoy with the help of volunteers. Several local businesses and truck drivers are letting the…

Fergus Fall Business Teams Up with Farm Rescue to Help Drought-Stricken Producers

The convoy will leave Rothsay and travel 225 miles to Menoken in order to be distributed to producers

  FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A Fergus Fall business is teaming up with Farm Rescue to help producers, farmers and ranchers in North Dakota who are struggling with severe drought conditions. Beyer Towing, a towing and hauling company, and Farm Rescue are organizing a convoy of nearly two dozen semis filled with hay to be delivered to drought-stricken farmers and…