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NORTH DAKOTA RANCHERS PREPARING FOR BLIZZARD, 30" OF SNOW, 50 MPH WINDS
By Tyne Morgan, AgWeb.com

Just ahead of the storm, Austin Langley was busy putting out extra hay bales for his cattle. A week ago, he was thinking about planting wheat and barley. But as the forecast changed, Langley had to pivot quickly.


Farming and ranching in North Dakota the past two years has been immersed in challenges. With the latest forecast, farmers are weathering yet another challenge as they prepare for a blizzard that could bring 50 mph winds and up to 30" of snow.

Central North Dakota seems to be the bullseye for the blizzard, with forecasts showing that area could see more than two feet of snow, along with winds that could cause white-out conditions.

Farmers and livestock producers are desperate for the moisture, but the snow and the wind will be a battle for livestock this week. Just ahead of the storm, Austin Langley was busy putting out extra hay bales for his cattle. A week ago, he was thinking about planting wheat and barley. But as the forecast changed, Langley had to pivot quickly.

"We have a little under 1,000 mama cows that are calving," says Langley, who farms with his dad and uncle. "The snow is going to be a challenge along with the fact they said something like 50 mph winds. You can haul the newborns in as fast as you can, but what has my stomach turning into knots is the whole next week with temps below 30 and in the low teens for this coming weekend, too."

The storm is expected to hit Tuesday and continue to rage across the upper Midwest through Thursday. Mid-April is later than many ranchers calve, but the Langleys started aiming for mid-April, since it's typically milder and less of a chance for major snowstorms.

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