A lack of moisture and warmer than normal temperatures are causing extreme drought conditions to expand across the Dakotas. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, extreme drought conditions now extend from border to border across 29 central and western counties in North Dakota. In Adams County, located in southwestern North Dakota, NDSU Extension Research Agronomist John Rickertson says there was no snow all winter. “It seems the drought monitor in this area is lagging to actual conditions. I’ve been concerned since last fall. It’s continuing now and the short-term forecast isn’t showing much for good moisture.” Farmers already started seeding small grains. “I started seeing drills around one week ago and then, farmers took a break for the windy conditions.”
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