Extension Comments on Drought and Current Field Pests

Extension Comments on Drought and Current Field Pests

August 26, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Minnesota – Extension Educator Heather Dufault recently spoke about the ongoing drought in Minnesota. With large parts of northern Minnesota being classified as a D3 or D4 drought, the rainfall from the past few days has been a blessing for many farmers in the area. However, despite the much needed moisture Dufault says the rain may be too little too late.

Along with the uncertainty of rain, another challenge producers face is pests. Grasshoppers and other insects can cause further complications for farmers if not dealt with.

Local farmer Ken Hove shares similar sentiments with Dufault in regards to the moisture crops have received over the past week. Hove does say that some crops are looking more promising despite the lack of rain.

Weeds and pests are just part of the concern in current and future planting seasons. Hove expects area farmers will have to adapt to these changes.

Only time will tell how the drought has affected present and future crops. To stay updated on farming information or tips to combat the drought or conserve water, go to extension.umn.edu.