South Dakota Farmers Say Rainfall Will Help Corn Crops

July 12, 2016 09:56 AM
South Dakota Farmers Say Rainfall Will Help Corn Crops

Farmers in northeastern South Dakota say a recent round of rain has helped their corn crops after weeks of drought.

Greg Odde, who farms between Ellendale, North Dakota, and Huron, tells the Aberdeen News that the rain on Sunday and Monday morning hit a lot of dry spots that were missed by other rainfalls this season. He said crops in the area were in a critical state, as some places have gone up to 14 days without any rain.

Odde says the crops will still need another 2 inches of rain in a couple of weeks.

Laura Edwards, a South Dakota State University extension climate field specialist, says that this time of year is crucial for crops, particularly corn. She says the rain from this week will aid the corn crops as they start the pollination phase.

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