More than 80% of North Dakota is drought-free this year, a welcome change from 2017.
At this time last year, 94% of the state was under drought. A third of the state was in extreme drought.
AgDay host Clinton Griffiths said the state is pulling in a bumper crop of feed due to normal and above normal precipitation, a welcome relief for many ranchers.
Timere Zenker, a farmer in Grant County, N.D., says their alfalfa hay crop “is just beautiful. We haven’t seen such nice alfalfa in quite a few years.”
Mixed hay was also yielding nicely, she says.
“Having the ability to make some hay this year, and what looks to be an ample hay crop will make a huge difference to the bottom lines of livestock producers,” said Julie Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.