Jenny Schlecht / Agweek Staff Writer
When I left for college, it was with the knowledge that my parents were only a phone call away. I was going 410 miles from home, a ridiculous distance for someone who tends to be a homebody and could probably count on her fingers and toes the number of nights she had spent away from her family. But there was email, and I had a cell phone, and keeping in touch was easily accomplished.
PETTIBONE, N.D. — Most of North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana have experienced drought conditions this year. Livestock producers, in particular, have been the focus of relief efforts in the region. But a North Dakota couple worries one program is not delivering as advertised.
HALLIDAY, N.D.—Even though much of the summer was dry in western North Dakota, Bonnie Woodworth says honey production has held on due to some late summer rains. "Things perked up pretty well," says Woodworth, of Woodworth Honey & Bee Co. "We ended up with a pretty decent crop."
HELENA, Mont. — As wildfires continue to burn grasslands and forests across Montana and drought continues to worsen, the Montana Department of Agriculture has expanded its hay lottery. Drought conditions gradually have worsened across Montana throughout the summer, and the Sept. 7 release of the U.S. Drought Monitor for the first time had the entire state in some category of drought condition, from abnormally dry to the most severe category, exceptional drought. More than a quarter of the state now is considered in exceptional drought.
WASHINGTON D.C. — The Upper Midwest is in the grips of a historic drought, pretty close on the heels of several historic floods. Both extremes cause devastating, expensive problems for agriculture. But agronomist Andrea Basche thinks an answer to improving outcomes for droughts and floods might be the same. "It might surprise people that soil can be a part of the solution," Basche says. "Soil can offset some of the impacts related to drought and flood."
BISMARCK, N.D. — Parts of North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota now are considered in extreme drought. Extreme drought is the second-worst category of drought after exceptional drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The June 20 U.S. Drought Monitor, released Thursday, June 22, showed 7.73 percent of North Dakota, 6.37 percent of Montana and 2.07 percent of South Dakota in extreme drought. Those are the only spots of extreme drought throughout the country.
I don't think Mom wanted to know how to pull a gooseneck stock trailer behind the ¾-ton pickup. But when my brother and I needed to get our 4-H animals to town on a day Dad was busy, she learned. I doubt she had a burning desire to learn how to keep score at baseball games. But when my softball team needed a scorekeeper, she became one — and a good one at that, able to distinguish an error from a base hit from a fielder's choice.
TUTTLE, N.D. — As calving season winds down, Adam Sathre of Tuttle is starting to get a little time to reflect on the whirlwind of the past six months. Calving seasons across North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana are nearing their ends. According to May 1 U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress and Condition reports for the three states, calving conditions generally have been good with average death loss. Calving progress was at 79 percent in North Dakota, 83 percent in South Dakota and 88 percent in Montana.