Most of North Dakota is experiencing a severe drought. NDSU Agriculture has assembled important resources for dealing with the drought. Access them now. 

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Water Hole water supply in drought


NDSU Extension develops and updates resources to help farmers and ranchers cope with drought conditions. Contact your NDSU Extension county office if you have questions or want additional information.

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There are a number of government programs available to provide relief to ag producers impacted by the drought.

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from Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

October 21, 2021

In Summary:

  • Based on the Drought Monitor map published this morning, the exceptional drought conditions have ended. It marks the end of a 21-week streak that started on May 18, 2021, the longest streak on record since 2000 (Slide 9).
  • Based on the same map, 77% of the state is in drought, making 508,647 ND citizens vulnerable to drought.
  • In addition, 49% of the state is in at least a Severe Drought category, and 9% of the state is in an Extreme Drought category (Slide 9).
  • This week, the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) value is 228, which is an 83-point improvement compared to last week (Slide 10)
  • NASA GRACE Soil moisture model shows significant improvement in soil moisture (both in the surface and the root zone) in much of the state except for the Northwestern corner of the state (Slide 14).

See the full report (PowerPoint online) 

Video Playlist: Preparing for and Managing Drought on the Ranch