Posted at: 11/15/2012 7:02 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 9:57 PM
By: Tim Sherno
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture wants farmers to take precautions against the potential of expanding severe drought conditions.
Matthew Wolham is the Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, he says the state is gathering resources for farmers and working on cutting back red tape that may prevent farmers from using both state and federal programs.
Wolham says current conditions are so dry, we'll need significant snow melt and spring rain to return to normal soil moisture levels, "If we move into this winter and next spring without any rain, our soil is so dry at this point, it would be a catastrophic situation."
The state recommends farmers take steps now to prepare, among them looking for ways to capture as much moisture from snow melt and rain fall as possible, consider planting drought resistant varieties of crops, guard against wind erosion and maintaining and testing irrigation equipment.