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In November, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated 10 Minnesota counties as primary disaster areas, making them eligible for emergency loans. USDA also has designated four South Dakota, 10 Iowa counties, four Nebraska counties and counties in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Montana disaster counties.
WDAY Chief Meteorologist John Wheeler said that had such conditions existed in June and July "it would have been tragic" for crops in the region. But coming at this point in the fall, negative impacts have been greatly reduced, said Wheeler, who added that one thing gardeners may want to do is provide young trees with a hardy watering before things freeze up.
Miranda Meehan, North Dakota State University Extension environmental stewardship specialist, said conditions in fall of 2022 are "comparable" to fall of 2020. And the Drought Severity and Coverage Index, as reported on the U.S. Drought Monitor, shows that overall, most states in the region are in worse shape now than they were at the same time in 2020.
North Dakota has finally left severe drought status due to the spring storm events. However, parts of South Dakota are still in extreme drought status and are in need of moisture.
"When we look at midsummer — June, July and August — there is a very strong consensus among the climate models and forecasters that this summer will be a hot one,” SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards said.

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