Poor winter road conditions hampering ND farmers

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Recent storms have made it difficult for North Dakota farmers and ranchers to haul grain, livestock and livestock feed.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest farm and weather report that more than two-thirds of the roads in the state have drifted snow or ice.

The average snow depth statewide as of Sunday was 18.3 inches, 7 inches deeper than last year at the same time.

Snow cover protection for alfalfa and winter wheat is rated 99 percent adequate to excellent. Cattle conditions are rated 89 percent good to excellent. Hay and forage supplies are 98 percent adequate to surplus.