How rain will affect crops after major drought this summer

NDSU Extension Agent Tells Us How Late Summer Rains Impact Growing, Harvest & Next Year's Planting

  FARGO (KVRR) – We’ve dealt with exceptional drought conditions in the region this year. But will a recent rainy spell offer any help for farmers as we near the end of growing season. The short answer is: not really. Cass County NDSU Extension Agent Kyle Aasand says we saw no rain from July 19th through August 20th, prime growing…

Drought conditions causing economic hardships

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis says biggest impact will be on agriculture.

MINNEAPOLIS (KVRR) — A lack of rain is more than hurting farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines. Officials from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are releasing their findings saying the biggest impact of the drought will be on agriculture. Some of those impacts could mean the cost of goods going up as supplies for wheat, small grains and livestock may…

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…

ND Grain Growers to Leave National Association

the partnership has lasted since 1977

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota’s Grain Grower’s Association is ending a partnership with the National Association of Wheat Growers that’s lasted since 1977. Board members say they’ve noticed within the last few years that the national group just isn’t paying much attention to the issues impacting North Dakota farmers. They say they pay the third highest dues in the country with…

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…

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….

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…

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…

U.S. Ag Department Expects Soybean Crops at Record Level in North Dakota

A survey found that farmers are planting more soybeans than ever in North Dakota

NORTH DAKOTA — The U.S Agriculture Department says soybeans are expected to be planted at a record high level in North Dakota. A recent survey found that more farmers are investing in the crop that’s in high demand. “This will really be a turning point year,” said Peter Lovas, of Lovas Farms in Hillsboro. According to a survey done by…

Senator Heitkamp Meets with President’s Nominee for Ag Secretary

Senator Heitkamp will vote yes on Perdue, but will not vote in support of Betsy DeVos, the pick for Education Secretary

WASHINGTON D.C. — Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she will support President Trump’s Ag Secretary nominee. Heitkamp met with former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia to talk about her agriculture priorities. She also reintroduced a bipartisan bill to lift restrictions on U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. Heitkamp and Perdue also talked about the need for a strong Farm Bill in 2018….