Red River Valley Hoping for Rain

Published online: Jun 06, 2018 News, Video
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Source: WDAY-TV

North Dakota's southeast corner in the Red River Valley could use some rain.

Charlie Mauch farms with four brothers—Jeff, Kevin, Craig and Wayne—in a company called JKCWC Mauch Brothers, named for their first name initials. The five Mauchs raise corn, soybeans and sugarbeets.They got their crops planted swiftly this spring, but now could use an inch or more of rain. Their farm ranges from heavy ground to really light soil, from Mantador to Great Bend to Wyndmere.

The Mauch brothers' sugarbeets went into the ground a little later than they normally plant them, due to early moisture, but those that have germinated are growing well.

"We're trying to spray but the wind is holding us back," Mauch says. Beet-spraying was first on the agenda. During the wait, Mauch was hauling some soybeans to town that were sold under a contract.

The story was similar a few miles west, where Greg Selzer at Wyndmere said things will be okay—if it rains.

The Selzer family at their Lazy Acres Farms raises corn and soybeans. Greg and his father, Ron, got off to a good start planting, but haven't seen substantial rains since the snow melt, Selzer said. It is generally too dry in a broad area, but some farmers have caught some rains.

"Corn emergence is good for the most part, but a couple of fields need a rain even to get it out and a lot of the soybeans are in dry dirt," Selzer said.

The issue has become the primary coffee shop topic, Selzer said. "A lot of fields will not emerge until it rains," he said. "It'll be some time." It'll take a good inch or "soaking rain" to get the crop out of the ground, he thought.