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Corn, Soybean Farmers Worried About Dryness in Minnesota

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota corn and soybean farmers are preparing to seed their fields, even as concerns mount over whether the unusually warm weather left enough moisture to yield a decent crop.

The Post-Bulletin of Rochester says a number of counties are dealing with abnormally dry conditions. Farmers in those areas are wondering whether the soil has retained enough moisture.

Bruce Schmoll grows corn and soybean near Claremont, in Dodge County. He says his area got little major rainfall since last summer and little snow this winter. He says he’s concerned about dry subsoil.

Fritz Breitenbach is with the University of Minnesota Extension. He says it’s hard to predict how the summer will shape up. He says history doesn’t provide consistent clues about summer moisture following a dry spring.

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