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Published December 18, 2012, 08:55 AM

Weather expert says 2013 'a risky year' for crops

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A weather expert in Grand Forks says many farm fields in North Dakota will need above-average precipitation next year to meet moisture needs after this year's drought.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A weather expert in Grand Forks says many farm fields in North Dakota will need above-average precipitation next year to meet moisture needs after this year's drought.

Leon Osborne with Meridian Environmental Technology says crops generally fared well this year during the drought because of reserve subsoil moisture. But he says most fields will begin next year much drier than usual, making 2013 "a risky year."

Agweek reports that Osborne's forecast calls for near-normal precipitation from late spring to early summer. But he says near-normal conditions might not be enough for the 2013 crop.

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