The recent rains near Newburg, North Dakota didn’t help the barley much. Farmer Nathan Boll says the crop was already in trouble. “At this point, we’ve abandoned our small grains. There’s nothing out there.” says Boll. “No one really knows what to do with the dryness, but we forged on, seeded a crop and hoped for a rain that didn’t catch.” Other areas of North Dakota caught a rain earlier this spring, but would welcome moisture. Near Aneta, farmer Fred Lukens hasn’t given up. “When you get hot temperatures early, it takes the top end off of the yield. We still have a crop, but it will be less of a crop. We won’t write it off yet.” In southwest North Dakota, Greg Kessel says the barley doesn’t look good, but recent rains got the crop out of the ground.
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