Dry Spell Benefits Farmers 07 Oct 11

The prolonged dry spell is sparking fires across the state – many of them on farm acreage. Farmers who struggled with an overly-wet spring are now faced with soil so dry it could affect spring planting. There has been at least one benefit for farmers, however, with the low moisture content of the crops meaning they don’t have to pay to have the corn and beans dried. Climatologist Mark Seeley says there is moisture on the horizon, and that the stretch of warm temps will end Saturday with gray skies and maybe showers. Highs are predicted to fall into the 60s and 70s. This week’s six-day run of highs in the 80s was the longest in 58 years in Minnesota.