Wanted: Your Memories Of Past Droughts

Growing up as a farm kid in  central North Dakota, I often heard about the drought of 1961. As a journalist, I covered droughts in 1988 and 2006. This summer, drought has reared its ugly head once again.

I’m preparing an Agweek cover story that will look at this year’s drought. The story, in part, will examine how this year’s drought compares with previous ones. I’d like to include readers’ thoughts on past droughts and how their farm, ranch or agricultural business was affected. I’m also interested in how evolving farming practices such as no-till affect impact  your operation’s ability to withstand drought.

Please take a few minutes to jot down your strongest drought memory; if you’re a veteran agriculturalist on the Northern Plains, you surely have one. Include your name and home town.

Send the information to me at jknutson@agweek.com or Agweek, Box 6008, Grand Forks, N.D., 58206-6008.