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Published May 24, 2012, 05:41 PM

Local Farmers Worry About a Lack of Rain

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Some farmers got their crops in early this spring, but a lack of moisture in the soil is making some local farmers worry.

CROOKSTON, MN (WDAZ-TV) - Some farmers got their crops in early this spring, but a lack of moisture in the soil is making some local farmers worry.

With less significant rainfall than in years past, farmers hope mother nature helps them out.

"We are on the verge here of a disaster. We simply do not have the moisture reserves in our soil profile to sustain this crop," soil scientist Albert Sims said.

Sims worries about the 1,800 acres of land planted with soybeans, corn, wheat and sugar beets at a research center at UMC.

"There are those who got their crops in early. I think the earlier they planted the higher the liklihood they got a good start because the moisture was still there," Sims said.

"We could use moisture to help soften things up and help push these crops along a bit," Grand Forks County Ag Extension Agent Lionel Olson said.

Right now the crops are small and look pretty good, but soil moisture conditions are critical. Researchers say we need rain to sustain the crops.

"Ideally if it started raining tonight and it rained all the way through saturday morning. Light rain throughout three or four days. An inch or inch and a half. However because of the lack of reserves we'll need that again in another week," Sims said.

Most crops have already been planted in the area, but some won't germinate because of the dry soil, leaving people like Sims with hopes for a change in weather.

"We're going to have a different crop outlook than we've had in the past couple of years," Sims said.

"Right now we could use the rain," Olson said.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service say this has been a dryer than normal spring. But there are increasing chances for rain throughout the weekend.

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