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Published July 25, 2012, 05:21 PM

Some area farmers see "million dollar rain"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- You could hear the shouts of joy and relief throughout the hills of Lakes Country and the farms south of Moorhead this morning, as a crop-saving rain hit parts of the valley overnight.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- You could hear the shouts of joy and relief throughout the hills of Lakes Country and the farms south of Moorhead this morning, as a crop-saving rain hit parts of the valley overnight.

Three to 5 inches of rain landed on farm fields – a boost for corn, soybeans and sugar beet fields. Amounts varied throughout the region, but one thing is for sure - this has been a critical rainfall.

We’ve all heard the sayings, “Moisture is money,” and “Million-dollar rain.” Well, tonight, both are true.

What a day for farmers all around the region. Waking up to hear and see something we haven't witnessed in a while – Water, a lot of it. A priceless rainfall.

Dave Butenhoof - Barnesville: “This was the most beneficial rain you could have in many years after 5.2 inches. You can see how long the tap root is. These leaves are starting to drop off."

The Butenhoffs have been farming for years south of Sabin. Dave, who farms with his brother Dennis, knows the importance of the 5 inches of rain their fields got overnight.

Dave Butenhoff: "Usually it is too much, but this time it is just perfect."

The rain comes at a critical time for row crops, especially corn which is in the all-important cob development stage. Whether 2 inches fell or five, it is enough to save some fields and get many more through the critical end stage of our growing season, making harvest something to look forward to.

Dave Butenhoff: “Yes, it was make or break. If you had a couple more 100 degree days, it would have been done.”

Like the corn cobs that are filling out, soybean pods are also filling out. Tonight, those soybean farmers are breathing a sigh of relief.

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