North Dakota Gets Rain, But Not Enough to Impact Drought

July 25, 2017 02:18 PM
reduced forage due to drought in North Dakota

Drought-plagued North Dakota received much-needed rainfall over the past week, but crops and pastures still need much more.

The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says 39 percent of North Dakota's staple spring wheat crop is rated poor or very poor, and many other crops are in the same situation.

Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 67 percent short or very short. Subsoil moisture is 62 percent in those categories.

In the ranching community, pasture and range conditions are rated 75 percent poor or very poor. Stock water supplies are 56 percent in those categories.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows three-fourths of North Dakota in some stage of drought.

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