Newly planted tree seedlings are suffering throughout South Dakota this summer due to the dry conditions, according to John Ball, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Forester and Forest Health Specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.
Corn twists in the dry cracked ground. Dugouts dry up. Grass turns brown in pastures. But what happens to communities in droughts? Research had been conducted seeking the answer to this question.
Communities are impacted by drought conditions and can prepare for droughts through increasing awareness and planning. Events like wildfires, tornados, and floods happen quickly and leave physical devastation in communities. Droughts are slow disasters and my not cause physical destruction, but are no less devastating.