More Drought Ahead For MN 17 Nov 12

Minnesota farmers are being urged to plan for more drought ahead. The state Ag Department recommends farmers take steps to deal with what could be a new “thirsty normal” in the months to come. Ideas include capturing snowmelt and rain water for irrigation and planting more drought-resistant crop varieties. The latest US Drought Monitor shows the entire state at least abnormally dry. Extreme and severe drought still plagues a good deal of southern and central Minnesota, along with a portion of northwestern Minnesota. New Ulm has received an average of only an inch-and-a-quarter of rain per-month looking back through June.