Dry conditions in the western part of North Dakota are starting to take its toll on the small grains. In the Crosby area, farmer Art Schilke says the topsoil moisture is getting dry. Schilke’s farm hasn’t seen much rain in the last 10 days. “We had excellent crop emergence. Driving around, I’ve seen canola blooming north of Crosby, but I don’t know if it’s two feet tall. They’re really short and it looks thin. We’re seeing that with our crops, too,” says Schilke. “You shouldn’t be able to see the rows, but you can still see them everywhere. We’re starting to see the effects of dryness.” Schilke is closely watching the short-term weather forecast, hoping for a much-needed rain.
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