The drought conditions in the Northern Plains are likely to carry over 2022. USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey says the moisture from recent rains are a step in the right direction, but there will be places that don’t get as much soil recovery. “We’re not going to fix this overnight. We need several rains over a period of time to improve these conditions.” Despite the short-term relief that’s happening in the Northern Plains, Todey says it will take a few different events over time to fix the problem. In the short-term, this could mean more limited surface water for livestock. “We need several rain events in the fall and for those who need surface water, we may not be able to help them until winter until we get a big snow.”
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