New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

"It's heart-wrenching" Farmers and ranchers deal with effects of severe drought

 

August 2, 2021

The photos at left illustrate just how dry Eddy County has gotten this summer, due to high temperatures and nearly no precipitation. The top shows what's left of a water hole in central Eddy County. The mud that surrounds it is thick enough to bury cows that attempt to reach the remaninig water. At bottom is a pasture in central Eddy County, where the grass is dormant due to lack of moisture.

Sloughs are going dry throughout the county, and pastures are bare of grass.  

No measurable rain has fallen since July 3 in New Rockford, and the N.D. Agricultural Weather Network reports that just 0.13 inches of rain has been recorded north of Carrington since July 1.

Water holes that used to provide refreshment for livestock have nearly dried up. With mud all along the edges of the water...



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