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Drought Conditions Lessening For Farmers

April 11, 2013

This farm field at 115th Avenue SE and 35th Street SE shows nearly dry ground next to remaining snow, a sign the moisture was absorbed into the soil.

Jennifer Ritterling, senior meteorologist with the Grand Forks office of the National Weather Service, said Wednesday it is hard to gauge moisture on the ground because “everything is still frozen,” but as of April 4, “drought is ongoing with some improvement.”

Ritterling said the Grand Forks office is mostly concerned with flooding predictions, but for farmers, drought can be a bigger concern.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 2, Barnes County and southeastern North Dakota was categorized as being in moderate to extreme drought conditions.

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