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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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RELIEF PROGRAMS

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

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Latest Report - February 22, 2024

Greg Gust, NDDES Meteorologist 

in Memory of  Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D.
NDSU, AES
State Climatologist

Summary

  • A brush with snow flurries or snow showers tonight into Friday morning, other wise continued mainly dry and unseasonably warm into the weekend.
  • There is a storm system that will likely move from central Montana into southern MN from Sunday night through Monday, into Tuesday morning - that means crossing North Dakota! So early next week expect at least dusting of snow and a plunge to near normal temperatures (Feb cold) for a day or three. 
  • Based on the Drought Monitor map valid on February 20th, published February 22nd, the area of D1 drought has increased a bit in central and north central ND. Thus, 103,001 ND citizens are now in drought.
  • This week, the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) value is at 98, up 27 points since Feb 8th. 
  • Overall, above normal temperatures are expected to continue from late February into March, and beyond, while precipitation remains fickle. 

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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
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Livestock

Information on dealing with drought conditions in livestock production.