The Rugby area is squarely in an area with D4 or exceptional drought. Pierce County Extension Agent Brenden Krebe says the spring wheat crop is very uneven. Much of the wheat is the size of a pop can and are fully headed out. “People are trying to utilize the crop and I’ve done a lot of samples. Nine out of ten have come in positive for nitrates so at this point they can’t even use it to hay or graze.” Krebe is encouraging ranchers to get additional testing so the crop can be blended for feed.
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