Low soil moisture levels, significantly low growing season precipitation levels, and periods of extreme
heat during critical periods have combined to create widespread poor growing conditions throughout
The drought conditions facing agricultural producers in the area are severe. Surface water sources and
dugouts have dried up, having been initially low due to lack of snowfall accumulation over winter
followed by minimal spring rainfall for runoff. Pasture and tame hay crops are poor, in many cases hay
crops will not be harvested this year. In many areas of the county, native grasses are still partially
dormant as there has been limited rainfall to initiate growth.
Official ASB News Release