Drought is still widespread which could cost farmers

It’s been a challenging season for farmers.

“The month of April didn’t look like farming was going to happen very soon and it was going to drag out,” said farmer Jeff Krueger.

But by the end of April the western region finally shed its winter coat. 

 “and it just turned just like that,” said Krueger. 

and this meant farmers were out on the field all at once,  which resulted in more demand of fertilizer than anticipated and supply struggled to catch up. 

Luckily for Jeff Krueger he was stocked up for the season and didn’t have to struggle. 

“I know there was fellows who did but it didn’t involve us,” said Krueger.

Krueger comes from along line of farmers, three generations to be exact, he grows spring wheat, canola and soy beans he says this season his crops are doing alright. 

“We’re actually a little ahead or right on par,” said Krueger.

But one thing him and all farmers across the state need is moisture. 

“We’re in real bad need of rain,” said Krueger.

Nathalie Gomez reporting: The latest drought map shows that about half of the state remains in some sort of drought with the northern part categorized as being in a severe drought. Everywhere else is not to far behind, and as you can see it’s either categorized as a moderate drought or abnormally dry. “If it don’t rain crop insurance is going to be our only source of income this year,” said Krueger. 

Last years season was able to get by on the moisture in the subsoil but this year it’s all gone. 

“The subsoil was depleted with last years crop we didn’t receive a lot of snow this past winter so we didn’t recharge the subsoil,” said research agronomist Eric Eriksmoen.

Krueger hopes that they’ll get 10 to 12 inches , if not crops won’t be produced. 

“The rain will come eventually, I just hope it’s not to late,” said Krueger. 

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