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Relentless rain too much for Manvel, N.D., farmers?

MANVEL, N.D.-- Did Wednesday morning's, June 28, downpour cause relief for farmers, or did it cause more trouble? Farmers in the Manvel area say they got over 2.5 inches of rain in just about 2 hours. That much rain in that little of time has lef...

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MANVEL, N.D. Did Wednesday morning’s, June 28, downpour cause relief for farmers, or did it cause more trouble?

Farmers in the Manvel area say they got over 2.5 inches of rain in just about 2 hours. That much rain in that little of time has left fields with a surplus of standing water.

Some crops like sugar beets, corn, and sunflowers can handle the excess water. But for crops, like edible beans, the water is detrimental. Some farmers in the area are already expecting to lose more than 5% of their bean crops just due to Wednesday morning’s rain. And although it's still early in the season, it’s too late to try and replant.

Steven Schumer says, "Usually when the skies open up up here, you don’t get a tenth or two tenths, you're usually getting an inch or more so it’s frustrating to think 'how much of my crop am I going to lose?'"

Farmers are hoping that next week's warm forecast will help dry out some of the fields. But again for some of the more fragile crops, the damage has already been done

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