Rain doesn’t slow down drought expansion – North Dakota News

Rain doesn’t slow down drought expansion – North Dakota News

The June 13 U.S. Drought Monitor, released on June 15, reports 27 percent of North Dakota is in severe drought, compared to 13.54 percent the week prior. An additional 56.4 percent is considered to have moderate drought conditions, while the remainder of the state is abnormally dry.

North Dakota has the largest area of drought conditions in the country, though its neighbors also have growing problems.

South Dakota’s severe drought area increased to 13.14 percent from 11.37 percent the past week. Moderate drought encompasses 31.96 percent of the state, and an additional 34.36 percent is abnormally dry. Montana now has 10.02 percent in severe drought, 10.53 percent in moderate drought and 15.18 percent abnormally dry, all in the east. Minnesota has 11.97 percent in moderate drought and 27.97 percent abnormally dry, all in the northwest.

National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag, located in Bismarck, N.D., says the worst hit area in North Dakota appears to go south along the Missouri River corridor from about Washburn. He’s heard of canola planted three weeks ago that still hasn’t germinated in the Harvey area and says pastures toward the South Dakota border are brown.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has launched an interactive online map designed to display the information being gathered by the department’s drought hotline.

The map, available on the Department of Agriculture website, details counties where producers have called the hotline expressing a need for hay, as well as those with hay to sell, pasture or hayland to rent, and individuals who are available to move hay. North Dakotans and producers from…

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