A lack of subsoil moisture is a concern for many Corn Belt farmers. Ryan Buck of Goodhue in southeast Minnesota says there’s a substantial deficit after two years of dryness:
“There is really nothing there. You go down 10 inches and it’s basically powder.”
Drought conditions range from moderate to extreme in the southeast corner of the state:
“So we’re either going to need quite a bit of rain before it freezes up (and) winter hits to recharge the soil around here, otherwise, it’s going to have to rain a lot next spring when the frost comes back out.”
Buck says the crop performed surprisingly well considering “spotty rains” throughout the growing season.