Rain and wet fields have slowed the alfalfa hay harvest and crop spraying in Minnesota.
Wet weather has put some farmers way behind schedule. Corn and soybeans have been a struggle this year, so has alfalfa.
Fields lined by leafy, green rows of freshly cut alfalfa may just as well be strips of gold, as the essential feed for dairy cows and horses is quickly becoming a huge cash crop for Central Minnesota farmers.
The University of Minnesota has issued a list of the top 10 plants that have changed Minnesota and how its people live today.
With much of the Southwest struggling with drought, many ranchers and dairy farmers are having difficulty finding enough hay for their livestock and making tough choices: pay up to twice as much as last year and ship it in from hundreds of miles away or do without and sell off some of their herd.