Despite early season rainfall, recent dry conditions hurt farmersSome crops in Grand Forks County are suffering from the drier weather we've had over the last six to eight weeks.
Some crops in Grand Forks County are suffering from the drier weather we've had over the last six to eight weeks.
Though the summer started off with heavy rainfall, the rainfall totals fall short of average by about 3.5 inches since June 1st. While experts say the drier conditions may not be bad for grain crops, it could cause some concern for corn and soybean growers.
"What we need now is we need some rain for the late crops and we also need some more heat to make those later crops mature," said NDSU extension agent Willie Huot. "At the same time we need some more dry conditions to get the wheat harvested."
Huot says the ideal conditions over the next week or so would be one good rainfall followed by warmer, dry weather.