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Ranchers Affected By Weather

County Agent News
Dan Folske
October 21, 2019

Ranchers Affected By Weather

“Ranchers affected by weather”, now there is a profound statement! Ranching and farming is always affected by weather but 2019 has brought more than its share of extreme weather related issues across North Dakota. In Burke and Divide counties the dry spring made for a relatively easy planting season but severely affected hay production. While much of the state was reporting record-breaking forage production, cattlemen in this corner of the state were reporting only half of normal hay yields or even less. Late summer rains created some great opportunities for annual forages like millet but the continued rain and snow, which has made crop harvesting so difficult and causing devastating quality losses in small grains, has made harvesting of those annual forages very difficult and completely ruining much of it.

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