drought

ND Bankers Association

The president of the North Dakota Bankers Association said he’s seeing a more optimistic outlook from North Dakota farmers and ranchers.

Rick Clayburgh said the rain the state has received over the last few weeks is fueling that optimism. He said while the drought did hurt some farmers and ranchers, especially in western and central North Dakota, he’s seeing a better attitude among them, as well as their bankers.

ND Grain Growers Assoc.

The executive director of the North Dakota Grain Growers Association has this assessment of the drought.

"Oh, goodness sakes -- the drought is devastating in western North Dakota," said Dan Wogsland.

Wogsland said when he was on the crop quality tour at the end of July, what he saw stunned him.

"I went from Mandan to Richardton, up to Halliday and over to Hazen," Wogsland said. "I was astounded at how many wheat fields were bailed up. It's really, really tough."

Prairie Public file

Some help may be on the way for ranchers who need to bring hay to their drought-stricken ranches.

Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have announced the "Emergency Hay Transportation Assistance Program."

"The program is designed to help defray some of the costs of bringing hay to the ranchers that need it," Goehring said.

"You've got to go a long way to get hay back to your cattle," Gov. Burgum said. "Those transportation costs go up."

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

Another impact of the drought in south-central North Dakota.

The developer of a wind farm and new transmission line in Oliver County will delay replanting of trees and shrubs affected by the development. That replanting is required by the Public Service Commission.

Oliver Wind III, LLC will delay planting until next year.

Commissioner Julie Fedorchak said the delay is a good idea.

"They were concerned there would be a low survivability of the trees and shrubs they did plant," Fedorchak said. "That's because of the lack of rain and drought conditions."

ND Department of Mineral Resources

The state’s Industrial Commission is extending the waivers for inactive oil wells and non-completed wells.

Non-completed wells have been drilled, but have not been fracked. The inactive wells have been drilled and fracked, but are not producing oil. Current waivers say those wells need to be active a year after being granted a waiver – but the Commission is extending that for another six months.

State mineral resources director Lynn Helms told the Industrial Commission there are a number of reasons. One is price.

The drought conditions being seen in most areas of North Dakota are forcing many farmers and ranchers to make tough decisions when it comes to raising cattle. Prairie Public reporter Todd McDonald has details...

ND Agriculture dept.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has set up a new hotline for ranchers affected by drought.

Goehring said the hotline will connect ranchers in need of hay with those who have hay to sell or available pasture land.

"In the last couple of weeks, we've probably heard more concerns about the fact that we didn't have much rain this entire spring season," Goehring said. "Couple that with above average temperatures and wind, we don't have hardly any forage."

Drought conditions worsen

Jun 8, 2017

North Dakota is experiencing drought conditions like it hasn't seen in years.

Much of the state is considered to be in moderate drought stage. The southwestern corner, along with a lot of the Red River Valley, is currently classified as abnormally dry. And south central extending a bit into central North Dakota is officially in a severe drought. State climatologist Adnan Akyuz says current models project dry conditions to persist throughout the next several weeks. Akyuz says jet stream patterns are not promising any meaningful rainfall in the future.

25% of North Dakota in 'moderate drought'

Jun 2, 2017

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL. Edit | Remove

The latest US Drought monitor now shows about a quarter of North Dakota is in a moderate drought.

When The Red Runs Dry.

Oct 1, 2015

Population and industry growth in the Red River Valley has put strains on water resources in the best of times. The General Manager of the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District says if the region should fall into a severe drought those problems would increase dramatically. Duane DeKrey says the effort to bring water from central North Dakota to the east is continuing. He says the Red River Water Supply Project is now estimated at One-Billion dollars, with work not getting underway until at least 2019.

Pages