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Heavy Rain Causes Problems for Potatoes in Parts of the Valley
North Dakota Ag Connection - 07/08/2020

Many of the same areas that were hit hard by flooding rains at harvest last fall have been saturated again including many fields in a 30 mile radius of Grand Forks, reports the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association (NPPGA), East Grand Forks, Minn.

The National Weather Service reported at much as 10 inches of rain fell the night of June 30 near Arvilla, N.D., about 25 miles west of Grand Forks. Heavy amounts ranging from 4 to 6 inches were common in the area, with additional amounts falling in subsequent days. The northern valley has fared better, but some localized fields have also received damage there.

Heat and humidity have triggered scattered thunderstorms nearly every day for the past 10 days. The 10 day forecast shows slightly cooler and dryer conditions.

Plots at the NPPGA Irrigated Research Site near Inkster looked to be wet but in good condition last week. On the same day, a potato field near Thompson was inundated with water.

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