Much of the U.S. is expected to carry a wet bias this spring. However, some North Dakota farmers and ranchers are recovering from 2018 drought conditions.”The areas in D2 and D3 drought were north central North Dakota, from Devils Lake to Minot then south towards Carrington,” explains NDSU Extension rangeland specialist Kevin Sedivec.”Most of the snowmelt runs downhill in those areas, so the land itself doesn’t get a lot of benefit.” Extra rains are needed this spring to help replenish moisture in the impacted areas. In particular, Sedivac says pastureland will need the most help recovering. “For 2019, those producers should think about deferring those pastures or different grazing strategies to let pastures recover.”
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