Posted 8/08/17 (Tue)
By Marcus White
More than 96 percent of the state is now experiencing some level of drought conditions -- even after the region received more than an inch of rain last week.
A large donation of hay is aiming to help the situation, with an organization called Ag Community Relief donating several semi loads of hay to help farmers and ranchers.
Because of the short supply of hay, the state Department of Agriculture has decided to hold a lottery with each winner receiving a semi load of hay.
“It’s a heck of an idea,” said Kyle Overland, who farms near Fortuna. Overland said his fields have been yielding a quarter of a bale of hay per acre. In an average year he said he gets upwards of two bales per acre.