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Published August 29, 2013, 10:15 AM

Modest rains help some areas, but too limited for major relief

A few areas of the Upper Midwest received modest rains in the past 1½ days, but the precipitation wasn’t widespread and provides little relief overall for the region’s hard-pressed row crops.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

A few areas of the Upper Midwest received modest rains in the past 1½ days, but the precipitation wasn’t widespread and provides little relief overall for the region’s hard-pressed row crops.

The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network provides updated reports every 10 minutes from 26 communities. Most are in North Dakota, with several in northwest Minnesota and northern South Dakota.

Thirteen of the communities report receiving less than a tenth of an inch on Wednesday and through 9 a.m. Thursday. Nine of the reporting stations received a tenth of an inch to half an inch in that period.

The four remaining stations each received half an inch to an inch, according to NDAWN.

Bottineau, N.D., received .93 inches of rain, according to NDAWN.

Wayne Johnson, manager of Bottineau Farmers Elevator Co., says the moisture provides some help for row crops in his area.

Anecdotal reports of small pockets of heavier rains came in for areas where NDAWN doesn’t have a reporting station.

Edinburg, N.D., received 1.7 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday morning, says David Ramsey, manager of Edinburg Farmers Elevator Co.

The rain helps row crops in his area, but would have done more good if it had come a week to 10 days earlier, he says.

The National Weather Service also reports that a number of communities in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota received rain on Thursday morning.

Totals ranged from 0.05 inch in Fargo, N.D., to .70 inch in Hallock, Minn. Most of the totals were a third of an inch to half an inch.

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