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Crops not sprouting, producer selling livestock and purchasing hay in Bowman County, North Dakota
7/11/2017 11:02:45 AM

Water Supply & Quality
Bowman County, ND

Start Date: 6/1/2017 - End Date: 7/11/2017
We live 17 miles SW of Rhame, ND. We have had .13 of rain since May 9, 2017. We planted winter wheat last fall. The crop insurance appraiser shows 2.4 bu. to the acre. We planted oats, millet, and cover crop Memorial Day weekend that has not sprouted. We have moved cattle from two pastures where the water in stock dams is at dangerous levels. We have sold cows. We have yearlings to go the end of the month. Pastures are dwindling very quickly. We got 115 bales of hay where we usually get approximately 2000. We have purchased 700 ton of hay from SD, ND, and NE. We are not so worried about winter as we are getting our cattle to fall when we sell calves. The temps are in the 90s with projected temp next week in the 100s. This is as bad as we have seen it in many many years. From Bowman County, North Dakota, on July 11, 2017