drought

South Dakota Woman Identified in Grass Fire Death

Officials do not yet know if the region's drought conditions caused the fire

FAIRBURN, SD — A South Dakota woman who died in a grass fire has been identified. Authorities say the grass fire spread to the home of 26-year-old Julia Pawelski on Tuesday morning in Fairburn, a town just south of Rapid City. The fire damaged at least three other buildings along with multiple vehicles and hay bales before fire crews got…

Gov. Burgum Declares Drought Disaster for Nearly Entire State of North Dakota

About 16 percent of the state is in severe drought and 18 percent is in the moderate category

  NORTH DAKOTA — Gov. Burgum has declared a drought disaster for nearly all of North Dakota. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s weekly report has rated nearly 46 percent of the state in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 40 percent last week. About 16 percent of the state is in severe drought and 18 percent is in the moderate category….

Vatican to Turn Off 100 Water Fountains in Wake of Drought in Rome

The area has been struggling with below average rainfall for the last two years and the extreme heat

ROME — While parts of the U.S. and much of North Dakota is dealing with extreme drought conditions, the Vatican and the city of Rome are also struggling. For the first time Vatican officials say they can remember, the city state will begin shutting off the 100 fountains that surround the Vatican campus. The area has been struggling with below…

Crop Scouts Studying How Drought Will Affect Wheat Supplies in North Dakota

North Dakota is a top producer of wheat

  NORTH DAKOTA — Crop scouts are touring North Dakota this week to get a better idea of just how the drought will affect wheat supplies. Farmers, seed company representatives, wheat millers and others are surveying fields to determine how much of the crop will be available. North Dakota is a top producer of wheat. The estimated national average for…

Dakota Farmers Slammed by Worsening Drought Conditions

Experts told us some producers will feel the effects of this dry season for many years

LEONARD, ND — Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota are concerned about extreme drought conditions creeping into the eastern side of the state. Some Ag experts said we haven’t had drought conditions this bad since 2006. Last year’s harvest held an abundant yield for many North Dakota farmers. But with drought conditions and little rain, the same can’t be said…

Farmers Could Lose 64 Million Bushels of Wheat

Punishing Drought Impacting North Dakota, South Dakota & Montana

Areas In Red Are In Extreme and Exceptional DroughtA punishing drought that stretches across much of the Northern Plains is expected to cause farmers to lose 64 million bushels of wheat production this year. Northeast Montana is experiencing the worst drought in the country, with similar dry conditions in North Dakota and South Dakota. Federal agriculture officials have labeled as…

Drought Conditions Worsen In North Dakota

Additional CRP Lands Have Been Opened To Ranchers And Producers

Drought Map July 20, 2017FARGO, ND — The drought conditions in western North Dakota aren’t getting any better. More than 6 percent of the state is now listed in the “exceptional”, or highest, drought category. Much of the rest of western North Dakota is in either severe or extreme drought. And much of eastern North Dakota is in moderate drought…

Drought in North Dakota Continues to Worsen

The worst areas are in the west, with much of the east rated as abnormally dry

  NORTH DAKOTA — Drought that is ravaging crops, pastures and hay land in North Dakota has worsened over the past week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly three-fourths of the state in some stage of drought, up from about two-thirds last week. At least 55 percent of the state is in severe or extreme drought, up from…

It’s Opening Day at the Red River Valley Fair!

The drought is causing harsh living and working conditions in the western part of the state. KVRR'S Jackie Kelly contributed to this report.

WEST FARGO, ND — The Red River Valley Fair is an exciting summer activity in the metro that brings people from all over the state. But, the livestock exhibits and different animal shows did not have as large of a turn out this year. The Red River Valley Fair is back in West Fargo for the season, but the hot…

Drought Causing Low Participation in Ag-Related Activities

Farmers from the western part of the state said the drought has created difficult living and working conditions. KVRR reporter Jackie Kelly also contributed to this report.

WEST FARGO, ND — The Red River Valley Fair is an exciting summer activity in the metro that brings people from all over the state. But the livestock exhibits and different animal shows did not have as large of a turn out this year. The Red River Valley Fair is back for the season but the hot weather and lack…