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Drought Could Have Positive Impact On MN Wineries

It may have burned up corn and soybean crops, but many Minnesota wineries are predicting a positive year in the face of historic drought.

09/27/2012

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Stubborn Drought Maintains Grip On Most Of U.S.

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.

09/27/2012

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DNR Urges Minn. Farmers To Take Fire Precautions

Dry conditions have Minnesota officials urging farmers to take precautions to avoid causing fires as they harvest their crops.

09/14/2012

Pumpkin Patches

Pumpkin Crop Not Affected By Drought

Halloween is less than two months away, and it appears that our summer drought didn’t have much of an impact on pumpkins.

09/13/2012

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Most Of Minnesota Under Threat Of Extreme Fire Danger

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.

09/11/2012

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Hot And Dry Weather Brings Risks, Rewards

September is usually among our most rare months for grassfires, but firefighters battled one in Maplewood Monday afternoon. And a 400-acre fire is currently burning north of Bemidji.

09/10/2012

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Drought Diminishing Monarch Butterflies

Minnesota is getting drier. Nearly 63 percent of the state is now rated as abnormally dry or in a drought, according to the U.S. Drought monitor.

09/06/2012

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US Drought Monitor: Minnesota Getting Drier By The Day

The latest data from the U.S. Drought monitor show that Minnesota is getting drier, especially southern Minnesota.

09/06/2012

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Drought Among Drains On Midwest Economy

A monthly survey suggests that the continuing drought and lessening export demand for U.S. products are among the drains on the economy in nine Midwest and Plains.

09/04/2012

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As Nation’s Drought Deepens, Minnesota Gets Drier

As the nation’s drought deepens, Minnesota is getting drier too. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows more than half of Minnesota is now rated at least abnormally dry.

08/23/2012

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Forest Service Gets More Aggressive On Small Fires

The U.S. Forest Service is suspending a policy of letting small fires burn in isolated areas as several big fires in the western U.S. strain its resources.

08/08/2012

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Minn. Christmas Tree Farm Getting Just Enough Rain

More than half of the U.S. has been a designated disaster zone due to widespread drought, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s the most severe and expensive drought in 25 years.

08/01/2012

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Survey: Drought Dragging Down Midwest Economy

The drought affecting Midwest and Plains states has put a further drag on the regional economy.

08/01/2012

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New Site Links MN Farmers To Drought Information

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has rolled out a new web site providing information and resources to help farmers cope with the drought conditions that are deepening across southern and western Minnesota.

07/27/2012

Hay Production

Drought Drives Demand For Minnesota Hay

Fields lined by leafy, green rows of freshly cut alfalfa may just as well be strips of gold, as the essential feed for dairy cows and horses is quickly becoming a huge cash crop for Central Minnesota farmers.

07/25/2012

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USDA Says Drought Will Push Up Food Prices In 2013

The federal government is projecting the record drought gripping half the U.S. will help push food prices up by 3 percent to 4 percent next year.

07/25/2012

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Drought Now Grips More Than Half Of The Nation

The nation’s widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.

07/16/2012

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U.S. Drought Grows To Cover Widest Area Since ’56

The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

07/16/2012

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Good MN Corn Crop Won’t Slow Expected Surge In Food Prices

Hold onto your wallets as food prices will definitely be climbing in the coming weeks and months.

07/10/2012

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Drought Breaks For Nearly All Of Minnesota

The drought is officially over for nearly all of Minnesota. The new map issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows that only about 10 percent of Minnesota remains in drought.

05/10/2012

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Experts: Weekend Rains Deliver Minn. From Winter Dry Spell

Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say the weekend storms have probably eliminated the drought in many areas of the state due to an unusually dry winter, which threatened lake levels and crop irrigation.

05/06/2012

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Recent Rains Are Chipping Away At Drought Status

Coming on the heels of the driest autumn on record and a mild winter, the recent rains are just what we’ve needed, according to Climatologist Greg Spoden.

05/03/2012

Low Water Level

Early Boating Season? Think Again

It is the time of year when boaters start thinking of heading onto the water. But this year, homeowners on Lake Minnetonka are finding their docks fall a little short.

04/14/2012

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Farmers In Midwest Warned To Buy Crop Insurance

A relatively snow-free winter in the Upper Midwest has some officials worried about damage to agriculture if the dry weather persists into spring planting.

02/17/2012

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MN Drought Fuels Call To Consider Crop Insurance

Because of a drought that’s affecting nearly all of Minnesota, state officials are telling farmers it’s time to consider crop insurance.

02/16/2012

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