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Published August 23, 2013, 08:10 PM

Dry crops for harvest season ahead

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - There has been a lot of talk about rain lately, or lack thereof. With harvest season fast approaching, farmers are hoping for the best, but are preparing for what could be a small and dry crop.

By: Rebecca Lebak, WDAY

Mapleton, ND (WDAY TV) - There has been a lot of talk about rain lately, or lack thereof. With harvest season fast approaching, farmers are hoping for the best, but are preparing for what could be a small and dry crop.

As of July 1st, this has been sixth driest period on record with only 1.5 inches of rainfall. This is about 2.5 inches below average for this time of year.

That has farmers prepping for what they say may be a less than average harvest.

Right now, many farmers across the valley are dealing with dry conditions. Fields are starting to show signs of cracked soil, leaves are browning and growth is slower than they'd like.

Brandon Runck says his crop is holding up, but you can definitely tell it is stressed.

If we don't get rain soon, things could turn worse in a hurry.

Still, Runck is staying positive. He says a little rain would make all the difference.

Brandon Runck- Runck Farms: “Well these temps are fine, but two inches of rain would be perfect. A nice slow two inches, two-day soaker, but that's not looking very promising."

Some good news for farmers: There is a slight chance for some hit-and-miss showers later this week.

Local farmers are not alone. Almost one-third of the nation is suffering a drought right now.

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