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Published August 27, 2013, 05:50 PM

Warm weather takes toll on crops

Students in classrooms aren't the only ones feeling the heat. Crops are also being affected. Farmers throughout the region have taken notice of their crops' reaction to the hot weather.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Students in classrooms aren't the only ones feeling the heat. Crops are also being affected. Farmers throughout the region have taken notice of their crops' reaction to the hot weather.

We started out with a really wet spring and it looks like we're ending our summer very dry, which is having an adverse affect on all crops. Crops like sugar beets are delaying harvest until they receive more moisture and crops like corn are being pushed towards maturity -- which means they could be harvested too early. Soybean crops are the ones most affected by the heat, according to officials with the NDSU Extension Office. Soybean plants are aborting their pods, so when a plant would have around 4 beans in a pod, it's now being reduced to 2 or even 1.

Rick Ostile, Ostilie Farms: "The problem is, is that when we have heat and drought, soybeans can handle one of them for a while, but when they get dry and hot it's pretty well burned them up."

It may be too late for a good rain to save us, other than a good irrigation system, farmers will need about three to five inches of rain to help the crops beat the heat.

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