Water levels on the drought-plagued Mississippi River are expected to keep dropping over the next several weeks, according to a new forecast Wednesday that comes amid worries that barge traffic soon could be squeezed along a key stretch of the vital shipping corridor.
The drought has intensified over the past week across broad swaths of Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that a large portion of Minnesota that had been in a moderate drought is now in a severe drought.
In the land of more than 10,000 lakes, it’s hard to believe water would ever be lacking. But it’s been so dry that officials are starting to worry.
Most Minnesota farmers escaped the worst of the drought, but those who didn’t are eligible for federal loans to help cover crop and livestock losses.
The worst U.S. drought in decades showed little sign of easing last week as farmers closed out their corn and soybean harvests and turned their attention to winter wheat, which has been struggling to break through the moisture-starved soil in some states, according to a weekly report.
Minnesota’s worst drought in years is bringing back some bad memories.
The lack of rain in Minnesota has left most of the state under extreme drought conditions, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Record water usage in rural parts of southern Minnesota this year has prompted Twin Cities officials to take stock of their own water usage.
The drought keeps getting deeper across Minnesota. New maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday show that 96 percent of the state is in a moderate to extreme drought, up from 77 percent a week earlier.
If you’re like most people, and you haven’t done much watering this fall, your lawn looks pretty bad. In fact it may be “drought dormant”.
It may have burned up corn and soybean crops, but many Minnesota wineries are predicting a positive year in the face of historic drought.
A weekly update on U.S. drought conditions shows the nation’s worst drought in decades slightly worsened in the lower 48 states with the Midwest corn harvest in full swing.
Dry conditions have Minnesota officials urging farmers to take precautions to avoid causing fires as they harvest their crops.
Halloween is less than two months away, and it appears that our summer drought didn’t have much of an impact on pumpkins.
Much of the state is under the threat of extreme fire danger Tuesday. In fact late this afternoon, a fire broke out just southeast of Hastings in a cornfield.