Nationwide, 34 percent of hay acreage and 48 percent of alfalfa acreage lie within a drought area. For hay, that includes 99 percent of North Dakota, 68 percent of South Dakota and 10 percent of Minnesota. Nearly all of the North Dakota alfalfa ground is also located in a drought area, along with 66 percent in South Dakota and 11 percent in Minnesota. Approximately 37 percent of the U.S. cattle inventory is within an area experiencing drought. In North Dakota, 98 percent of cattle are located in a drought area, along with 59 percent of the cattle in South Dakota. Just 12 percent of the Minnesota cattle herd is in a drought area. Fifty-seven percent of the U.S. sheep inventory is within an area experiencing drought. That includes 71 percent of the South Dakota flock, along with 82 percent in North Dakota and just 5 percent in Minnesota.
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