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DROUGHT

"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about spraying newly seeded grass and dealing with quackgrass in raspberries.
"When we look at midsummer — June, July and August — there is a very strong consensus among the climate models and forecasters that this summer will be a hot one,” SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards said.
Quaal Dairy in Otter Tail County sold off most of its herd in April. Vernon Quaal says the 2021 drought drastically cut into its feed supply and the rising prices for feed made maintaining the 300 cow herd unstainable. Quaal says many dairies are suffering. But he is determined to build back up, with a crop of bred heifers ready to calve in September.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says the generous spring moisture has helped, but some lawn damage from 2021 could still be present as the summer begins.

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By using land management practices that protect the soil, producers can improve their profitability, improve their operational resilience and reduce their stress levels.
‘Not planning for drought is a plan to fail,’ Faith rancher says
A series of storms brought around 4 feet of snow to some parts of the region. While the storm and its aftermath continue to stress ranchers and cattle, there is optimism that it spells the beginning of the end of a dry cycle.
That calm comes from what Brett Nix learned as he dealt with drought 10 years ago, in 2012, and the changes he’s made since.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor’s most recent update on March 29, Davison County is experiencing a moderate drought, a result of receiving only half-of-an-inch of precipitation since March 1.
Mitchell remains nearly an inch below average precipitation levels

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Hay prices are up $50-$100 per ton over last year, part of the lingering effects of a drought in northern Minnesota and much of the western U.S.
Drought conditions linger, winter outlook indicates no clear relief
I was ready to till up the garden and buy my vegetables and fruit at the farmers market, but my husband, Brian, and daughter, Ellen, were determined to save it.

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