ROSEAU, Minn. — Rhett Hulst is from Roseau County, and he has raised cattle with his family since the 1960s. He says they've weathered many of Mother Nature's harsh conditions, but never a drought that dried up their entire pond.
"Normally, I'd be standing in about four to five feet of water," Hulst said while at the pond. "I've never seen anything close to this."
Hulst recently made a five-hour trip to Superior, Wisconsin just to buy hay. The drought has farmers paying more for hay, or finding alternatives like straw and corn stalks.
Cattle nutritionist Evan Knustson stops by the Hulst family farm frequently for work. He worries about the impact the drought could have on farmers' finances, as a growing number have to sell their cattle early for less money.
Hulst and Knutson are praying for rain as Federal and state funding can take years to receive. Hulst says he received a relief check for 2019 just this year.
"There were some tough times in 2019, and we finally got those checks last month in 2021," Hulst said. "So, if the money were going to solve all the problems, it's going to have to come a lot faster and money can't buy hay that doesn't exist, so really our only hope is to just pray for rain."