Area Farmers Facing Drought-Like Conditions [AUDIO]
ST. CLOUD — Despite a record-setting year for Minnesota corn producers, last year’s drought-like conditions may be catching up. Unlike other states, Minnesota dodged some of the dry conditions that lead to poor yields.
However, if farmers don’t see early spring rains, Minnesota could quickly find its self in the same position. State Climatologist, Greg Spoden says Minnesota is already seeing the impact of a dry fall.
Although conditions appear less than idea, Minnesota farmers are used to the challenges. The President of the Stearns County Farm Bureau, Ron Kuechle says the mood is optimistic.
Kuechle says that although weather resistant seed corn doesn’t exist in Minnesota, crops are stronger today than in years past.
Minnesota saw heavy snowfall in February, but that moisture is expected to run off into lakes and rivers instead of soak into the dry soil.