Area Farmers Comment on Drought Conditions and Crop Expectancy

Area Farmers Comment on Drought Conditions and Crop Expectancy

August 16, 2021 Farm News News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Fosston, MN – Area farmers in northern Minnesota are facing one of the the driest farming season in decades. Despite receiving rain in varying increments, the lack of moisture has left many producers wondering if they will receive adequate rainfall in the coming days. Area farmers Rick Roed and Mike Affeldt both voice their thoughts and hopes about the dry weather and overcoming the challenges that come with it. Roed states that the wheat harvest was fairly easy, but the crop yield showed the effects that the lack of rain had in certain areas.

Roed says in his experience the best rain to get is one that comes over days, not all at once. The lack of rainfall in places and showers in other places show how much farmers depend on perfect weather not only over days, but throughout the summer season.

Mike Affeldt agrees that even with rain, it needs to be more than a single day. Local farmers are seemingly in agreement that this summer is one of the worst they have seen in many years of farming.

With parts of Polk County and northern Minnesota in a D3 or D4 drought, it is only a matter of time to see how the lack of rain and moisture this summer will affect harvest season this fall and even the next planting season in 2022.