drought

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…

Drought Causing Increase in Livestock Killing Bacteria

Six livestock deaths caused by the algae are reported in North Dakota so far this year

FARGO, ND — The drought conditions are escalating algae which can kill livestock in five minutes if ingested. For rancher Roddy Grefsrud, it’s been a forgiving season in Hawley, Minnesota. “We got an inch and a half of rain Wednesday night,” said Grefsrud “We hope the pasture will come back a little bit. But otherwise, it hasn’t been bad.” But the…

Drought Conditions Are Expanding In The Region

Extreme Drought In Much of South-central North Dakota

The areas of severe and extreme drought are expanding across south-central North Dakota. This is the latest drought monitor map from the USDA. The counties in red are in the extreme drought category with persistent hot and dry conditions. In the east: the counties in brown and yellow, are seeing abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. In Minnesota: Clay, Norman,…

Senator Heitkamp Asking Ranchers be Given Tax Break Due to Drought

The deferment would be for a two year period on the sale of cattle

  NORTH DAKOTA — Senator Heitkamp has asked the IRS commissioner to allow ranchers to defer paying capital gains tax due to the drought. The deferment would be for a two year period on the sale of cattle. The action is being requested due to the ongoing severe drought which has stretched for months across nearly half of the state….