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Farmers Say Enough Rain Already

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  It’s been another wet day in the Valley. In fact, the latest statistics show it’s been a very wet year so far, across the entire region.  …another round of thunderstorms and rain across the Valley during the early morning hours, even more in some areas today.

  Rivers, creeks and drainage ditches are already running at full capacity, as the clouds threaten more rain.

  This National Weather Service map estimates total precipitation so far this year. It shows the green areas around Fargo and Grand Forks with 4 to 6-inches above normal precip… and 6 to 8-inches above normal in the dark blue area at Jamestown and 2 to 4-inches above normal in the lighter pinks and greens across s the region. 

  A couple of farmers I spoke with around Fisher, Minnesota say, they’ve had enough rain now. If they could get a little sunshine, there’s the potential for some great crops this year.

   However, in some areas there’s clearly been too much rain. A few acres of Joel Wagner’s soybean crop along the Red Lake River has been flooded out.

  But overall, Wagner says things are still looking good if the rain would just stop.

Joel Wagner, Fisher Farmer: “Enough rain. If we could see some sunshine for a little while not it would be good.”

Reporter: “Are you in perfect conditions?”

Wagner: “What’s perfect for a farmer, ha. This field could use more, that field could use less. We’re sitting real nice.”

Reporter: “Need some dry weather though?”

Wagner: “Sunshine and some warm weather.”

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