A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.
We are going to fall about a quarter-inch short of breaking a 140-year-old rainfall record. The record for the most rainfall in June was set in 1874 with 11.67 inches. We’ll finish at about 11.35 inches.
The rain in the forecast had one community working together Friday to protect their streets and homes. The water continues to rise in Prior Lake. Streets are flooding and homes are in danger.
Minnesotans from all across the metro came to Carver. Minn. Wednesday to help fill up more sandbags. The Minnesota River that runs along the community is expected to crest Wednesday. But more rain in the forecast has people preparing for the worst. The downtown flooded badly back in 1965.
Widespread rain in the past week has delayed Minnesota farmers who are trying to finish planting. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay.
The Taste of Minnesota will no longer be held on Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. due to expected flooding. According to the Taste’s website, significant flooding is expected on the island and for safety reasons they decided to move the location.
Gov. Mark Dayton visited the southernmost parts of Minnesota Friday afternoon. Areas like Rock County are flooded and damaged after massive amounts of rain fell during the week. Early damage estimates in Rock County are at $3.5 million and the county is 40 percent under water.
The Mankato area was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning the Twin Cities was getting its turn. Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rain raced through the metro early Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing traffic problems.
Communities along the Minnehaha Creek faced flooded yards and streets Thursday. The 22 mile-long creek, which connects Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls, reached the highest water levels ever recorded Thursday morning. People in the St. Louis Park Creekside neighborhood are helping each other stack sandbags.
Canterbury Park has canceled Thursday evening’s races because of severe thunderstorms moving through the Twin Cities.
More rain is the last thing many parts of Minnesota need, but flooding remains a major concern. In southwest Minnesota, several inches of rain forced the Rock River in Luverne to completely overflow its banks.
Southern Minnesota got hit the hardest Monday by severe thunderstorms as rains fell across the majority of the state. In Spicer, near Willmar, Minn., high winds tore docks on Green Lake apart. ”Last couple of hours been pretty hectic. I mean there is a lot of lightning thunder,” Trent Churchil, of Fairbault, said.
Authorities say a major sandbagging operation is under way on Lake Kabetogama (kab-uh-TOH’-gah-muh) in far northern Minnesota.
The director of homeland security and emergency management for the St. Louis County sheriff’s office, Steve Steblay (steb-LYE’), says the lake level rose sharply over the weekend. He says crews are sandbagging homes, resorts and roads to protect them. He says a large percentage of the resort and private docks and shoreline structures such as boathouses on Kabetogama are gone or have been destroyed.
Wet conditions are delaying a final planting push by Minnesota farmers. Ninety-six percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted, which is just 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean planting is 86 complete. That’s 3 points behind the five-year average.
Heavy rainfall at the end of May, and beginning of June, is causing problems on lakes and rivers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some lakes have no wake zones, creeks and rivers are showing minor flooding and the swollen Mississippi River is sending a lot of debris down river. On the banks of the Mississippi, the St. Paul Yacht Club kicks off the boating season with an annual orientation.
Officials announced Sunday morning that the Minneapolis Marathon had to be canceled due to weather concerns as rain and lightning took over the Twin Cities overnight. Race officials decided shortly after 8 a.m. that the marathon had to be canceled due to a public safety threat.
Sunday’s beautiful weather is a relief to most of us, but one particular group is really grateful. Farms are finally buzzing with activity after a long cold winter and wet spring, which was a terrible combination for farmers. So, planting is way behind in many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Thursday’s violent storms in Red Wing, Minn. were over in just a blink of an eye, but the damage was lasting. Scattered yellow insulation covered the trees and corn stubble in the southwestern Minnesota town. “It just happened so fast,” Sally Lemmerhirt of Red Wing, Minn. said.
Homeowners who dealt with flooded basements from last week’s wet weather may be in for it again. Carpet had to come up and furniture moved in homes across the state. The anticipated soaking can cause more problems for homeowners still trying to dry out.
The heavy rain and even snow that has covered much of Minnesota for the past several days hasn’t quite made the drought go away. The updated U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the area of Minnesota in drought has shrunk from nearly 19 percent last week to under 8 percent this week.
Over the past several days of rain, some WCCO viewers have emailed us wondering: Why do some drivers not turn on their lights in the rain? “Some people are forgetting and some people aren’t aware, and I think some people are choosing to ignore that,” said Lt. Chris Erickson with the Minnesota State Patrol. “I hope that’s not the case.”
There’s a lot that you can say about this winter. Some of the words are even fit for print. While it’s undeniable that many of us have had our fill of the cold, spring-winter (I call it “Sprinter”) has been a boon for at least some industries across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Wet weather continues to keep Minnesota farmers out of their fields, but the rain is helping improve soil moisture. In the latest crop report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 1.7 days were rated suitable for fieldwork statewide last week. That compares with an average of 3.2 days.