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Published July 04, 2012, 11:48 AM

Grand Forks farmers hope for rain

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Although many crops in the Grand Forks area are further along than usual, farmers are hoping for rain.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Although many crops in the Grand Forks area are further along than usual, farmers are hoping for rain.

Ag extension agents say there should be an early harvest with small grains and winter wheat starting in 2 to 3 weeks.

All crops are expected to be harvested earlier because of the warm weather we've been having. Now they need between 1 and 2 inches of rain soon or farmers might be facing drought conditions.

Willie Huot with the Grand Forks Extension Co. says, "Unless we get rain right now, we're going to see some symptoms of real drought stress on these crops. So far in our area they've been pretty good but in the Southern part of the state we've had lots of problems so we're just at the point where we do need rain to keep the crop going at the stage that it's at."

The positive side to the heat is the impact of diseases and insects is very minimal.

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