Recent rains both help and hurt

Recent mid-May rains were a mixed blessing for farmers on the Northern Plains. Most needed more moisture. But some also were way behind on planting after a late spring, and the rains put them even further behind.

Over the past few days I’ve talked with farmers, ranchers and others agriculturalists in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Montana. Based on what they say, the rains on balance were beneficial. At the same time, the rains did more harm than good in some areas, particularly northeast North Dakota.

Read the story in the May 27 issue of Agweek.

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