Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Drought
State MINNESOTA
County/Area HOUSTON
WFO ARX
Report Source Drought Monitor
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2012-09-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2012-09-30 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative Persistent below normal precipitation allowed severe drought conditions to continue across portions of southeast Minnesota, including Houston, Fillmore and Mower Counties. Affects of the drought include damaged crops, pastures that have stopped growing, river flows that were less than 20 percent of normal, falling ground water levels and high to extreme fire dangers resulting in burning bans. In early September, the USDA announced an extension for the emergency grazing deadline on Conservation Reserve Program acres to November 30th. In mid September, the USDA expanded the disaster declaration for the drought to include Fillmore, Houston and Mower Counties. The drought pushed grain feed prices up 25 to 30 percent impacting dairy and pig farmers who buy most of their feed. With the price of milk essentially unchanged, some dairy farmers are losing money or barely making a profit and have responded by getting out of the dairy business or reducing the amount they feed their cattle to cut costs. Pig farmers were loosing between $10 and $15 a head as the price of pork declined 30% coupled with the higher feed costs. Some of these farmers were also getting out of the business or sending a larger than normal amount of pigs to market. The drought also impacted the prairie industry as well. Farms that grow native prairie grasses and flowers were not able to harvest as many seeds as normal. The summer was too hot for too long to allow the plants to produce a normal amount of seeds.
Event Narrative Severe drought conditions continued across Houston County because of a persistent lack of precipitation. Affects of the drought include damaged crops, pastures that have stopped growing, river flows that were less than 20 percent of normal on the Root River and falling ground water levels. In mid September, the USDA declared Houston County a federal disaster area due to the drought.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON (ZONE) HOUSTON (ZONE) MN 09/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOWER (ZONE) MOWER (ZONE) MN 09/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FILLMORE (ZONE) FILLMORE (ZONE) MN 09/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K