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Farmers Work Through Dry Times in the Pettibone Area

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It's been a dry summer across much of the state--especially in Kidder County.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin has one farmer's story.

It's hot.
It's dry.
It's dusty.
(Robin Ziesch / Farmer) "South of Pettibone it's a lot drier. Southern Kidder County has been hit hard." 
Robin Ziesch has been farming north of Pettibone all his life and says this is one of the driest summers he can remember.
(Robin Ziesch / Farmer) "The later planted crops and the row crops are suffering. A lot of the neighbors have been chopping corn already."
While nearly 8 inches of rain fell early this spring, only an inch and a half has fallen since then--all coming in small amounts.
(Robin Ziesch / Farmer) "The crops in the heavier soil are fair. The crops in the light ground are terrible. We had some oats crops that we tried to hay them and they weren't even worth haying. Some we left stand, some we mowed down and just left."
The lack of rain has taken it's toll not only on the crops, but the dams and pastures as well.
(Robin Ziesch / Farmer) "The dams are fair. The potholes are gone. Pastures are really starting to suffer. The grass is leaving quickly." 
Ziesch says he doesn't have any plans of weaning calves early or bringing cows home yet.
North of Pettibone for KX News, I am Sarah Gustin.

 

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