End of Dry

Before the rains from last week moved across southern North Dakota, that area was quite dry.  In fact, with even 5” plus reported in some parts of the southeastern portion of the state, conversations with farmers in that area indicated that you would never be able to tell it rained because all that rain was either absorbed by the soil or just refilled the sloughs that had dried up during the past few months.  I’m sure there are exceptions, but overall that amount of rain not having major flooding problems is a testament to how dry it was before the rains finally came.  As a general rule, rain is no longer needed for most of the region now, instead, most folks just need an extended period of dry weather, something northeastern ND farmers have been saying since May.



Daryl Ritchison