Signs of Drought Seen in North Dakota

July 29, 2015 08:00 PM
Signs of Drought Seen in North Dakota

Parts of eastern North Dakota received up to an inch of rain over the past week, but dry conditions and signs of drought are being reported in the west.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that soil moisture statewide still is in good shape. Topsoil moisture is rated 89 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 93 percent in those categories.

The report says North Dakota's staple spring wheat crop is maturing at a pace ahead of last year. Eighty-four percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 78 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are 96 percent adequate to surplus.

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Dwight Enockson
Washburn, ND
7/30/2015 08:12 AM

  We live and grow crops in an area that has been missed by most of the rains this summer. Ten miles away they have had more rain than desired. An inch of rain last week may give us some hope for the pinto beans. Wheat and peas came through because of good subsoil moisture.


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