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Corps says repeat of 2011 Missouri River flooding is unlikely

Corps says repeat of 2011 Missouri River flooding is unlikely

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The mountain snowpack in the Missouri River’s upper basin is close to levels seen before devastating 2011 flooding along the river, but a repeat this year isn’t likely, an Army Corps of Engineers official said.

March 07, 2014 10:22 am Photos

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A pickup makes it out just ahead of the Rosebud fire

A pickup makes it out just ahead of the Rosebud fire

A pickup makes it out just ahead of the Rosebud fire in August 2012. Livestock producers in the region are waiting on a provision of the recently passed farm bill that would compensate them for losses sustained in the drought and fires of 2012.

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Ranchers move cattle out ahead of the Rosebud fire

Ranchers move cattle out ahead of the Rosebud fire

Ranchers move cattle out ahead of the Rosebud fire in August 2012. Livestock producers in the region are waiting on a provision of the recently passed farm bill that would compensate them for losses sustained in the drought and fires of 2012.

February 21, 2014 5:01 pmLoading…
Early 2014 Wyoming snowpack levels promising

Early 2014 Wyoming snowpack levels promising

Fire season is several months away, but the state’s weather and climate gurus are keeping a close watch on the amount of moisture falling on the ground.

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Wyoming beginning 2014 free of extreme drought

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming will start the new year free of extreme drought conditions.

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Rain, snow help Wyoming emerge from drought

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Ample precipitation has pulled most of Wyoming out of a drought.

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Demand high for Montana hay; buyers pay top dollar

Demand high for Montana hay; buyers pay top dollar

BRIDGER — He’s the guy on the “other side.” The one whose grass is greener. And it turns out that when pastures in neighboring states go brown, hay farmer Chris Skorupa’s wallet sprouts lettuce, too.

August 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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A grasshopper feeds on plants growing near the Pictograph Caves

A grasshopper feeds on plants growing near the Pictograph Caves

A grasshopper feeds on plants growing near the Pictograph Caves on Tuesday afternoon.

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Report: Drought potential moderate to high

Montanans can expect a mixed bag of water supply and moisture conditions as summer wears on, according to the 2013 Governor’s Report on the Potential for Drought and Flooding, released on Thursday by the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation.

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USDA: SE Wyoming emerging from drought

USDA: SE Wyoming emerging from drought

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows southeast Wyoming may be emerging from 11 months of drought.

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Montana winter wheat rates well but struggles locally

Montana winter wheat rates well but struggles locally

Every spring, with an entire growing season ahead, the first thing to rise from a farmer’s field is potential, but potential is withering in southern Montana’s lingering drought.

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USDA OKs drought aid for counties in Montana and Wyoming

USDA OKs drought aid for counties in Montana and Wyoming

DENVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved new designations allowing farmers and ranchers around the West to seek federal aid to get through the drought.

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BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BLM advises grazing reduction in Montana due to drought

BUTTE — The Bureau of Land Management is asking ranchers in southwestern Montana to reduce grazing on public lands due to drought.

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Feds: Warming means more fires, insects in forests

Feds: Warming means more fires, insects in forests

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Big changes are in store for the nation's forests as global warming increases wildfires and insect infestations, and generates more frequent floods and droughts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns in a report released Tuesday.

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Livestock disaster aid bill in the works

Ranchers burned by drought and fire in 2012 quickly learned that federally funded disaster relief had also dried up, but an effort is underway to revive the programs.

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Wyoming cloud-seed project proceeds despite drought

CHEYENNE — Drought conditions have posed a challenge but have not stopped Wyoming's ambitious cloud-seeding research project.

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Livestock producers barely survive 2012 drought, see rough road ahead

Livestock producers barely survive 2012 drought, see rough road ahead

It takes about 25 years to build a uniform, quality cow herd with all the right genetics. In one summer, Thermopolis rancher Jim Wilson watched as 20 percent of his herd left his land.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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2012 on track to be Wyoming's driest in 118 years

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A year ago, all parts of Wyoming were free of drought.

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Game and Fish warns dry year could harm Wyoming deer

CHEYENNE — Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department warn that dry conditions in Wyoming this year are leaving wildlife susceptible to high mortality this winter.

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