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Enough With the Rain?

You might remember when state tourism promoters called South Dakota the “Land of Infinite Variety.”

Once again, I’ve got your “infinite variety” right here.

We’re one year removed from a drought, but this year, it would seem we’ve gone the other way, at least so far.

By Monday morning, Sioux Falls had had 2.36 inches of rain in June, 1.36 inches above normal. The total for 2013 so far was 14.84 inches, or 4.34 inches above normal.

I’m pretty far removed from farming these days. It’s been more than 40 years since I lived on one, and my family doesn’t own farmland anymore, but if I had corn or soybeans yet to be planted, I know I’d be concerned.

And of course, this situation is not confined to South Dakota. A friend in southern Minnesota told of a farmer in her area who had planted 120 acres out of something like 3,200 as of around June 1.

And the New York Times tells of a farmer in northwest Missouri who has been unable to plant corn and soybeans on his 3,500 acres. He told the newspaper a decent crop in his area was possible, but not a good or great crop.

So there it is. Farmers–and everyone else–are at the mercy of the weather, and it could all change, so we’ll see what things look like a month from now.

And I don’t think people will be praying for no rain.

At least not yet.

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