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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.

Learn more about dealing with farm & ranch stress


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

Learn more about drought relief programs



Latest Report - November 16, 2023

Greg Gust, NDDES Meteorologist 

for Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D.
State Climatologist


  • Based on the Drought Monitor map valid on November 14th, published November 16th, just under 16% of the state is still in drought (at least D1, nearly all since June 6th), which is down only about a half percent over the past two week. Nearly 90,993 ND citizens remain in drought.
  • This week, the Drought severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) value is 57, down 31 points since early October.
  • Slightly warmer than average (for mid November) temperatures are expected through this coming weekend, with overall dry conditions persisting. 
  • Cooler temperatures will push into and across the state Monday (northwest) and early Tuesday (southeast)... dropping near  to below normal into and through the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. 
  • However, no significant deep cold or snow is expected through the Thanksgiving weekend. And with an overall drying trend. A trend which could extend throughout the month, and beyond.

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Ranch Drought Management Videos

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Government Programs - Drought

Information about government programs for ag producers being affected by drought
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-breen algae, can produce toxins that are harmful to livestock


Information on dealing with drought conditions in livestock production.