Harvest is well behind schedule in the region, but farmers still have time to bring in their crops if the weather stays dry. “There’s no panic yet. There’s concern, though,” said Cass County Extension Agent John Kringler. “We can handle a little precipitation. Any big rain would hurt.”
For all his 53 years, Kim Amann has lived on the family beef cattle ranch on the rolling hills above Baldhill Creek here. For the past two years, he’s been part of a little-known program that studies how farms and ranches affect the environment. What’s learned in the Discovery Farms program could shape future environmental regulations in North Dakota.
In 1997, 91,458 adult cattle and calves were reported killed in spring blizzards and flooding. So far this spring, 91,000 cattle – 19,000 adult cattle and 72,000 calves - have died, according to an estimate by the USDA and the North Dakota State University Extension Service. Ranchers blame months of bad weather.
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