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Published June 07, 2008, 12:00 AM

Showers expected to boost crops

Widespread rain showers Thursday and Friday will give a welcome boost to slow to develop crops, according to grain elevator managers in the area. “It is really good around here now,” said Richard Christianson, manager of the Ypsilanti Equity Exchange. “We got an inch Thursday night.” Rain gauge reports varied but much of Stutsman County reported near an inch from two days of showers with an official tally of .83 inches in Jamestown as of noon Friday.

By: Keith Norman, The Jamestown Sun

Widespread rain showers Thursday and Friday will give a welcome boost to slow to develop crops, according to grain elevator managers in the area.

“It is really good around here now,” said Richard Christianson, manager of the Ypsilanti Equity Exchange. “We got an inch Thursday night.”

Rain gauge reports varied but much of Stutsman County reported near an inch from two days of showers with an official tally of .83 inches in Jamestown as of noon Friday.

“We got a good rain,” said Darren Martin, petroleum manager at Woodworth Farmers Grain. “About 1.1 inches. We could use another shower. It’s been pretty dry. It seems we can always use the rain.”

The North Dakota field office of the Agriculture Statistics Service reported in its June 2 crop progress report that Jamestown was 3.56 inches of precipitation behind normal for the period of April 1 through June 1.

Todd Hamilton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the showers were widespread across central and eastern North Dakota.

“The biggest showers were in south central North Dakota,” he said. “Several areas reported above an inch. Hazelton reported 2.15 inches and Braddock 2.6 inches.”

Hamilton also said the showers were welcome at the start of June, statistically the wettest month in North Dakota with an average of 3.16 inches of precipitation in James-town.

“This shower won’t catch us up for the year,” he said. “The statistics will be ahead for the month for awhile but still below normal for the year.”

With that needed shot of precipitation farmers and gardeners are now looking for some warm weather.

“The wheat was thin and everything was behind because of the cool, dry weather,” Christianson said. “Moisture will be OK for awhile but we need warm weather right now. There is a lot of catching up to do.”

The sentiment was the same in Woodworth.

“The crops came up kind of spotty,” Martin said. “This should bring them up but we need a little sun for awhile, then a few more showers.”

The National Weather Service forecast said the showers would move out of the area Friday afternoon. Weekend conditions are likely to be partly cloudy with a small chance of precipitation.

“Next week, early to midweek, we see a strong system with a good chance of showers and thunderstorms in the area,” Hamilton said.

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at (701) 952-8452 or by e-mail at knorman@jamestownsun.com

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