All eyes are on our region with a tight supplies and crop stress throughout the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota. The first stop on the Boots on the Ground Tour was at the Dustin McDonald farm at Fisher, Minnesota. “Things look OK-ish for as much rain as we’ve gotten this year; we’ve received 3.5 inches since the first of March and I’m not sure what the crop is surviving on.” McDonald estimates his wheat yield will be half of a normal crop. Heading west to the Petersburg, North Dakota area, Dave Blasey at Petersburg, North Dakota has had only about two inches of rain and there was very uneven emergence in the spring wheat. “It was so dry when we seeded, we got two crops. Anywhere from ten-to-40 percent of that field did not come up in April when the rest of the field came up and it is really a mess.” The video interview with Blasey can be found on RRFN’s YouTube channel.
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