Drought likely to expand in weeks ahead

The drought in the Dakotas may expand in the weeks ahead, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Outlook.
“Currently, the primary area of concern is in the Dakotas,” the outlook says.
Some indicators point toward cooler and possibly wetter weather in the region for the last half of the month, but at this point it seems only a possibility; however, it does reduce our forecast confidence somewhat.” DROUGHT OUTLOOK: The drought is likely to expand in June, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Outlook.
North Dakota hotline activated North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring recently announced a new hotline available for ranchers affected by the drought.
They will then be entered into the Drought Hotline database to be matched up with other individuals.
Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture employees will answer calls to the hotline weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Callers can also leave a message on evenings and weekends.
Lack of measurable rain combined with higher temperatures and wind have caused drought conditions across the state in varying degrees.
Pasture and range conditions were rated 70% fair to very poor, which could cut forage production dramatically for livestock producers even if rains were to come in late June.
“We are requesting that the Farm Service Agency allow emergency haying and grazing of Conservation Reserve Progam land,” Goehring said.
“Once a disaster declaration is attained, farmers and ranchers should check with their local FSA office to see if they qualify for other drought relief programs that may be available to help.” Related

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