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The heavy snow over the past winter was not enough to put some fields out of the danger of drought, re-searchers said.
At the Agricultural Research Center in Mandan, 100 inches of snow was recorded in test fields. While one field showed moisture at least 4 feet deep, another field a few feet away showed moisture only about 2 1/2 feet deep.
The Army Corps of Engineers says snowmelt in the Missouri River system has improved and most boat ramps should be usable this summer, providing some relief from the drought cycle of the past few years.
Finding sloughs and other wetlands for waterfowl hunting may be a challenge this fall.
According to a recent report by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, there are approximately 23 percent fewer wetlands this year than last year.
A fashionable fix for drought-proofing lawns is downsizing: ripping up some of that demanding turf and replacing it with succulents or a vegetable garden.
But here’s another idea. How about replacing grass with grass — thirsty bluegrass, for example, with an ornamental?
Ornamental grasses are low-maintenance perennials with pleasing personalities. They’re durable yet graceful. Many are deer-, insect- and drought-resistant.
By Dean Fosdick, The Associated Press
, October 04, 2008
A familiar sight throughout the month of July has always been the round and square bales in the hay fields alongside roads throughout southwestern North Dakota.
Now some of those fields are empty.
The sting of summer drought and stormy weather has affected not only farmers but livestock producers as well.
An AP Member Exchange Feature By John Odermann, The Dickinson Press
, August 07, 2008
A North Dakota drought task force wants all federal conservation grassland in the state open for grazing.
The state’s Agricultural Drought Task Force approved the recommendation Tuesday to help drought-stricken ranchers. The request was forwarded to Gov. John Hoeven, the state’s congressional delegation and federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer.
A quorum of Stutsman County Commissioners rescinded the burning ban that they placed on May 20.
The three commissioners present, Craig Neyes, Denny Ova and Doug Kaiser, voted during a special meeting Friday afternoon to allow open burning until their regular meeting June 17, unless conditions warrant a change.
“Since the burn ban went in effect there have been eight fires,” said Jerry Bergquist, Stutsman County emergency manager. “Three out of the eight were controlled burns set during the burn ban.”
Though ranchers want rain, the hot, sunny weather has been helping some of them get water to cattle in remote pastures.
Velva-based Verendrye Electric Cooperative started installing solar-powered pasture well systems for its members in 1991, after about 10 years of studying the idea.
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