STAFF BLOG AG RIGHT Pick your poison
Farmers across the Upper Midwest are struggling with both drought and excess moisture this spring
Some areas are so wet that farmers will have a tough time planting their crops before it gets too lat... Posted on 5/3/13 at 1:38 PM
STAFF BLOG STORM TRACKER The Drought Ends?
In the past couple of weeks, the immediate Fargo Moorhead area has received 12-18 inches of snow. South and east of the metro, widespread 20-30 inches has fallen. The drought is therefore over, correc... Posted on 2/14/13 at 12:05 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Farm Update
I like to give readers a little slice of the farm on occasion. Some people farmed much of their lives and then retired while others grew up on the farm so both groups have memories that occupy... Posted on 9/1/12 at 7:20 AM
Spring’s arrival means the crop planting season is not far away, and although farmers are worried that the two-year drought will continue, they’ve seen recent signs of hope. Precipitation has increased, boosting farmers’ outlook for this year’s crop.
A Feb. 7 U.S. Drought Monitor map continues to show improved prospects for moisture conditions in the next three months in the Northern Great Plains, compared with 2012, especially Minnesota and much of northern North Dakota.
Dry weather continues in the far western portion of the drought-stricken U.S. Plains while crop-friendly rainfall is moving into the west-central and southeast Midwest, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.
Drought-plagued Midwest farming states got little benefit from the massive storm that pounded the Eastern Seaboard this week, although the nation’s worst drought in decades appears to be easing in some areas.
Recent storms helped ease the grip of the nation’s worst drought in decades on several key Midwest farming states, raising hopes that the winter wheat crop will fare better than this year’s corn, which is in the final stages of being harvested.
The nation’s worst drought in decades showed no signs of improvement last week in parts of the Midwest and Plains where the corn harvest is about two-thirds complete, clouding the prospects for the winter wheat crop, according to a drought report released Thursday.
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