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Published July 25, 2012, 05:31 PM

Million dollar dissapointment for some farmers dealing with drought

Traill County (WDAY TV) -- What some farmers call a million dollar rain, was a million dollar disappointment for others. One small strip of counties between Grand Forks and Fargo managed to miss the rain completely.

Traill County (WDAY TV) -- What some farmers call a million dollar rain, was a million dollar disappointment for others. One small strip of counties between Grand Forks and Fargo managed to miss the rain completely.

Dave Pederson is patiently waiting; waiting for his farm to get relief from the heat. He's one of many farmers in dusty Trail County hoping their dry crops get a drink.

Dave Pederson - : "What can you do? If it's going to miss you there's not much you can do about it."

NDSU extension agents say conditions vary field to field, but farmers need at least 3 inches of rain.

Kendall Nichols – Traill County Extension Agent: "We've used about 9 inches more moisture than we've gotten rain, so we are depleting our subsoil moisture."

Pederson says the crop is already depleted so much there is really nothing they can do to get a great yield. He says each day they go without rain, they lose more and more bushels.

Dave Pederson: "Normally you might get 40 bushels of soybeans. If we don't get rain soon, you may get half of that maybe -- and if it continues real bad, you might get 10 bushels."

Extension agents say a mild winter, combined with a dry spring led to this serious situation. If rain doesn't come in early fall...

Kendall Nichols: "We need rain and snow to recharge for the next growing season."

Pederson: "That's not good if you're trying to pay bills."

There's nothing Pederson can do about it, besides keep an eye on his crop, and hope for moisture. Pederson says it could affect crop prices. He says soybeans just dropped one dollar and thirty cents.

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