Posted 5/08/18 (Tue)
By Sydney Glasoe Caraballo
Farmers and ranchers are banking on a rainy day this season while they face dampening prospects in commodities markets and continued drought.
While producers remain hopeful that both the literal and economic climate will change, last year was a perfect storm of disappointment.
“You can’t have a good year every year,” says Logan Sevre, who began farming north of Wildrose in 2010. With a pragmatic shrug of his shoulders, he adds: “It was definitely an eye opener, though.”
Many farmers were eyeing the skies with increasing worry last year, and the rainfall so far this year isn’t promising either. Only 6.23 inches of rain fell in 2017 at the weather station south of Crosby, along ND 42, according to the ND Agricultural Weather Network Center (NDAWN). That was more than 10 inches short of the 2016 rainfall of 16.37 inches. It’s the lowest amount in 15 years, or at least since recording began at the station, in 2003.