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Published August 13, 2013, 09:01 PM

Crops are looking good - for now - but that could change soon

Blanchard, ND (WDAY TV) - A "Million Dollar Rain" is on the minds of many area farmers. While crops look okay now, things could change very quickly.

Blanchard, ND (WDAY TV) - A "Million Dollar Rain" is on the minds of many area farmers. While crops look okay now, things could change very quickly.

James Aarsvold farms 4,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Blanchard. He's one of the many farmers hoping their thirsty crops will soon get a drink.

James Aarsvold - Farmer, Blanchard: "Things are just going to go backwards if we don't get a little bit of rain."

Aarsvold says any amount of rain would help his crop in this critical end of the growing season.

James Aarsvold: "The corn plant will just start shutting down and, you know, if you had potential for 160 bushel corn, it will just abort the kernels and progressively become less and less and less as the stress continues."

Without rain it's not just his corn that will take a hit. His acres of beans will be added to the list.

James Aarsvold: "As the heat comes and the plant stresses, it will actually just abort them and not produce a pod on that node."

An average crop will produce about 140 bushels per acre. If the rain doesn't come that number could fall to 100.

James Aarsvold: "We get paid by our bushels, so we want to produce bushels."

One of the saving graces is that corn doesn't need relief from the heat just yet.

Tom Lilja - Executive Director, North Dakota Corn Growers: "Typically, when you don't have rain it's blistering hot, so the cool weather has actually helped the crop. It's slowed it down a little bit."

The only thing missing in the seven day forecast is luck, so until then Aarsvold will keep praying for rain and hope harvest will be something to look forward to.

North Dakota is abnormally dry. Some parts are in stage 1 drought conditions.

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