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Gusty winds lift topsoil from dry fields

Winds gusted up to 50 miles per hour in some places, according to WDAY StormTRACKER meteorologists.

LEONARD, N.D. — Up to 50 mile per hour winds swept through Michael Lynnes' 150-acre cornfield, picking up dust around his sprouting corn stalks with each gust.

"When you see haze in the air like there's smoke, that's never good to see out in farm country," Lynnes said.

On top of the whipping winds on Tuesday, May 25, Lynnes has also dealt with dry conditions on both his corn and soybean fields, as he only got a half-inch of rain over the past month, while some got almost seven inches on their fields on Thursday, May 20.

"We don't have enough moisture to start with, so with the wind, it just sucks it up faster when it's warm days like today," Lynnes said.

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Gusty winds pick up dust in a corn field near McLeod, N.D. Norman Bell / WDAY

Lynnes added he's concerned the wind, combined with his fields being dry, will give him lower yields come harvest season, which he hopes to start in either September or October for his crops.

"That first 6 to 8 inches (of corn) is where you make your money," he said. "They're just coming out of the ground, so they're at a critical stage of getting cut off if the topsoil starts blowing away."

As the summer rolls on, Lynnes is now hoping for less windy days, and more days with steady rain, as he grows his corn and soybean crops.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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