Rains keep dodging Minnesota farmer


Rains keep dodging Minnesota farmer

A farmer in west-central Minnesota is concerned prolonged dryness will limit yield potential.

Joe Serbus of Bird Island grows corn, soybeans, and canning crops and says he’s only received about an inch of rain since April.

“They come in little blocks of a quarter-inch, and surprisingly the crops still look good. (but) We might have lost the top-end yield on soybeans (and) corn.”

He tells Brownfield recent rains have missed his farm.

“This last weekend a number of showers have gone through, they’ve just skirted by my area. I believe my son said the next chance is probably Monday or Tuesday, so we just have to keep our heads up and see what happens.”

Monday’s USDA crop report shows 75 percent of Minnesota’s topsoil is rated short to very short and nearly 70 percent of subsoil moisture is rated short to very short.