Rain could harm crops

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AUSTIN, Minn. — The rain in the forecast is needed, but it’s coming right at harvest time.

That means it won’t be much help for this year’s crops.

But farmers say it can help set the stage for next year.

This year, it’s causing a different set of problems.

“What that will do is bring on some late season diseases,” Farmer Justin Krell said. “It will also damage a lot of the kernels on an ear as far as bringing in some ear rots and that sort of thing.”

He says if we see consistent rain, it could cause mold on crops, which will affect the grain quality.

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