Agriculture Commissioner stops in Taylor to talk about drought conditions

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It’s only going to get more expensive as the drought goes on.

Costs are adding up as North Dakota continues its dry spell.

87% of North Dakota is suffering from moderate drought conditions., and the agricultural community needs help now.

On Monday Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring visited local ranchers In Taylor, ND who feel like they’re at a cross road…thanks to the drought.

Cattle ranchers, Janet and LG Dohrmann, said they are looking at producing only “50 – 60 bundles of hay” this year for their cattle, significantly down from annual norms.

Rain is the most logical solution to the the drought…But optism is low right now.

Doug Goehring, Agriculture Commissioner of North Dakota said, ” Best case scenario . . . if we got 4-5 inches of rain in the next 3 – 4 weeks we might get 20% recovery out of some of these pastures”

Right now, according to Kevin Sedivec, a Range Science Specialist at North Dakota State University, the quick fix is to buy hay now.

 ” We are going to have to buy hay, so if you are looking to buy hay, do it now while the prices are still affordable, if you can find it. Its going to get more expensive as the drought goes on,” said Sedivec.

Still ranchers have to face reality, and they might have to sell their cattle earlier than they’d like.

The Dohrmann’s said they haven’t sold any of their cattle yet, but if they do it will be their older ones first.

Folks are hoping for relief from the federal CRP program, but unfortunately its no that easy to get right now.

 “We didn’t even hit D2 classification until last week. We need 8 weeks before we can get a secretarial declaration for emergency hay and grazing. I could request for August 1, but that is 6 weeks away,” said Goehring

“Everyone’s kinda in the same situation. Just take it day to day,” said LG Dohrmann.



 

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