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Published June 21, 2013, 09:10 PM

Farmers south of Casselton are hoping for drier weather

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Farmers in rain-drenched areas are crossing their fingers for drier weather.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Farmers in rain-drenched areas are crossing their fingers for drier weather.

Some areas South of Casselton reported five or more inches of rain last night and more could seriously threaten crops.

Lowell Jahnke- Farmer: "We're not going to lose it all. But we're going to lose some."

Jahnke had just over five inches of water in his rain gauge.

And his fields show signs of a quick and heavy rain.

Large areas of corn and soybeans are under water… particularly the crops near this coulee.

Jahnke: "I guess if the coulee went down by the end of the day maybe it will be alright, but it's going to be stunted. So, there are going to be ramifications."

It's the same story for his neighbors.

Fields covered in water are draining slowly, as ditches, rivers, and creeks are already filled to the brim.

Farmers around here say as long as the next two days stay relatively dry, the water should have a chance to drain off without doing too much damage.

Jahnke: "I really would like to see it stay dry for a couple weeks."

But more rain is possible over the weekend.

So, for now, farmers are watching and waiting to see what nature throws their way.

Even a small distance made a big difference for rainfall, farms just a few miles away reported just two inches of rain.

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