Emergency haying and grazing CRP opened for eligible farmers and ranchers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota last week. With 200 cow-calf pairs to feed, Barnesville, Minnesota farmer Jake Thompson didn’t waste any time getting paperwork approved by the Farm Service Agency and then, out to hay. “We are going to try and put up as much hay as we can as long as we can.” The drought conditions in Clay County are a mix of moderate and severe, not as bad as surrounding counties, but dry. “We are still in D2 or severe drought, catching half an inch of rain here and there, but you can definitely see the dryness showing up. Grass yields are a half or two-thirds of an average year.” Thompson is also concerned about limits to haying CRP. Hear the story.
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