Crops that Can Handle the Heat
Ada, MN — Dry conditions continue to be a concern for many crops across the region as July and August tend to be the drier months of the year. SESVanderHave regional sales manger for the American Crystal Region, Nick Revier, says we haven’t seen a drought like this impact sugarbeets since the 80s.
Revier mentioned we’re coming to the time when the beets are going to need more moisture.
On the other hand, there are some crops that do well in drier conditions. John Sandbakken is the executive director for the National Sunflower Association and says we’re early in the crop development so conditions should improve.
Sunflowers aren’t the only crops that can handle the heat. Evan Skaurud grows dry edible beans near Mahnomen, MN, and says the rains came at the right time for planting.
Producers for all crops are still looking for more rain to help as the recent rains have not been enough to pull us out of drought. The weekly drought monitor is updated every Thursday and you can check the changes here.