Rain Helping Drought, Hurting Farmers in Minnesota

Updated: 04/29/2014 6:31 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 5:08 PM
By: Jessica Miles

Three solid days of non-stop rain is impacting the drought and also farmers in Minnesota.

Around the state, many fields have standing water.

The current crop report reveals only about 4 percent of corn in the state is planted. Last year at this point, no corn had been planted. But the five year average reveals 30 percent of corn is generally in the ground by now.

Brent Mohn farms about 1,400 acres with his dad and another man in Lakeville. He's keeping a close eye on the forecast over the next several days.

"We're not late as of today for planting but looking at how long it will take to dry back out from this.... is going to push us into one of the later startings for our area," Mohn says.

He's also focused on the soil temperature, where he suspects it's in the low 40s. He says the temperature really needs to be around 50 degrees to plant corn.

One good thing, experts say the rain is helping relieve the drought.

Last year at this time 50 percent of the state was experiencing moderate drought conditions. Currently that's dropped to 18 percent.


Minneapolis/St. Paul

Broken Clouds
38° | 18°
  • Feels like: 25° F
  • Wind: NNW 12mph
  • Humidity: 42%
  • Fri Sunny
    37° | 24°
  • Sat Mainly sunny
    46° | 32°
  • Sun Windy with morning showers
    52° | 35°
  • Mon Showers possible in the afternoon
    58° | 39°