Ag Extension Talks Drought Conditions, Effects on Small Crops and Trees

Ag Extension Talks Drought Conditions, Effects on Small Crops and Trees

July 29, 2021 Food for Thought News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad mbalstad@cord.edu

Polk County, MN – The D3 status that many areas in Minnesota have gained reflect the troubling and severe drought conditions farmers face. With a reported 22% of the state in an extreme drought, Ag Extension Educator for Norman and Polk county Heather Dufault says the lack of rainfall is highly concerning. The chances of rainfall the state could experience have not hit the ground, leaving many crops lacking the moisture they need to grow. Dufault says the last time Minnesota experienced severe conditions like this summer was in the 80’s.

The effects of the drought can be seen in the output of small grains and crops. If the lack of rain and moisture continues, these effects can be felt throughout soy bean crops, pasture production, and into the fall season. In order to combat these dry conditions, Dufault shares some tips on what to effectively water and how.

More information and advice on how to combat the drought conditions can be found on Extension’s website at extension.umn.edu.