I always enjoy talking with Tom Hoverstad Scientist at the Southern research and Outreach Center at Waseca about the previous month's weather. As soon as the calendar flips to the new month, I call Tom who tracks the weather at their official weather station. The temperature I am quite sure varies very little from Waseca to my farm by Wells. But, especially this year, the rainfall varied by a huge amount,

It seemed this year the rainfall was very spotty or "hit and miss." It seemed storms would develop west of Waseca and follow Highway 14 to Owatonna, Rochester and then to southeastern Minnesota. For the growing season Tom said at Waseca they were only 1 inch below normal. However, over in Lamberton they were 5 inches below normal. Then in Northern Rice County I talked to a farmer that only received 2 inches of rain since the 1st of June!

Click on the link above and listen to Tom talk about the weather, crop potential, and the 3 dominate soybean diseases that are showing up this year, Sudden Death syndrome, and Brown Stem Rot and White mold.


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