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DROUGHT

While drought conditions continue at a lesser severity, watering restrictions will now be voluntary
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.
Drought was the main reason U.S. canola yields were dramatically lower than last year.
Wheeler said the deep moisture profile, deep in the soil, is what the U.S. Drought Monitor measures, along with other drought indicators like the levels of reservoirs and lakes.

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Even with improvements since late August, drought conditions remain a serious issue in much of the region. But StormTRACKER meteorologist Jesse Ritka said some storms in the forecast could help
The drought is causing Minnesota livestock producers to look for feed from farther and farther away.
Gerald Bachmeier, chief executive officer of Red Trail Energy, Richardton, North Dakota, and Philip Coffin, vice president of Midwest AgEnergy LLC, at Underwood, North Dakota, discuss countermoves to a drought for acquiring local corn and getting it from eastern producers. Both companies started their histories by bringing corn in on unit trains and are preparing to do it again. Both are planning to inject and store carbon dioxide byproducts for a market advantage.
This, despite a summer drought that had many area trees stressed from days of scorching heat and dry soils.
STORMTracker meteorologist John Wheeler says the next two weeks are expected to remain above average in temperature and relatively dry. But he sees a change coming around mid October.
The drought had local forestry departments scrambling to water newly planted trees over the summer.

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The proposed package includes $5 million in rapid response grants to provide drought relief for livestock producers and specialty crop producers, and $5 million for the Rural Finance Authority’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program.
For Bismarck, barring any more rain this month, this is the third driest water year on record.
STORMTracker meteorologist John Wheeler said soil moisture throughout much of the region has improved, but the deep soil profile remains dry. That means prolonged periods of dryness could put the region right back into the throes of drought.

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