The rain that fell in the Crookston, Minnesota area late last week won’t help the small grains much. “The wheat’s been pushed so far so fast. It may help fill out some of the heads that are already set,” said Tim Dufault, a farmer near Crookston. “This rain will help with later crops like soybeans, corn and sugarbeets, but I think the gate has closed on the wheat crop.” Dufault said the dry conditions are very real right now. “Normally, my agronomist and I would be talking about fungicides, but he told me there would probably be a zero chance I’ll be doing fungicide. We talked about looking at spraying insecticide for armyworms and grasshoppers. That tells you how bad the situation is and it gave me a flash back to 1988 and 1989, dry years.”
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