Drought is not going away in Valley County. August 2017 marks the fifth straight month in which the region experience below-normal precipitation. From January to August 31, only 3.72″ precipitation has fallen in our area. A majority of Valley County is under Exceptional Drought, the ultimate severity category on the U.S. Drought Monitor, according to the National Weather Service.
Agriculture has taken a huge toll this summer. The MSU Extension’s beef specialist, Rachel Endecott, has written some good articles on livestock management and water quality concerns during drought. The Valley County Conservation District is in the process of organizing a soil health/range management workshop this October. Visit the local FSA office for disaster relief programs, and DNRC fire map for updates on wildfires across the state.