The Climate Prediction Center’s seasonal outlook offered little insight into the season ahead. University of Minnesota Soil Scientist Jeff Strock says the back-and-forth weather is a contributing factor. “Our part of the world puts us in an equal chance of wet conditions, dry conditions and normal conditions. So basically, the models are not really sure what’s going to happen.” Strock, who’s based out of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton, has seen variable conditions throughout the state. “Particularly, southern Minnesota is under very dry conditions. In contrast, Crookston has been considerably wetter.”
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