Crops in the Park River, North Dakota area could use a shot of rain. Midwest Consulting owner Dave Svobodny says the potato crop is simply too dry. “The crop is holding it’s own, but the area from Highway 17 north to Canada has had minimal rainfall. You can visibly see stress in the dryland potato fields.” As for the sugarbeets, Svobodny says very few plants are lying down during the heat of the day. “Growth rate has been fairly normal. Based on what we saw last week, sugar content is slightly above normal, which would be expected under dry conditions. We should have a decent crop if it catches some rain.”
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