Driving around Redwood County over the past couple weeks one would get the impression just by looking at the fields that the drought was over.
While standing water is a good indication moisture is plentiful in the area, it does not fully indicate just how well the soil is doing.
When the U.S. Drought Monitor released its most recent conditions this past Thursday, it only designated a portion of northern Minnesota as being in drought.
What that means is, according to its information, the drought is officially over…for now.
Dr. Mark Seeley, a U of M climatologist, cautioned just because the area is not experiencing drought conditions at this time does not mean things won’t go right back to the way they were rather quickly.
It’s all about rain pattern, he said.
“What we need are consistent rains throughout the month,” he said, adding any erratic conditions, including a longer period of time without rainfall could lead the region right back into drought.
Seeley said while recent heavy rainfall added to the subsoil moisture, he said the consistent rains in May and June combined with heavy, wet snow in April contributed to the improved conditions.
“The next six weeks are going to be very important for crops,” he said, adding during this growth period plants are going to be using those water reserves now in place, and it is important for that water to keep coming all month along.
The good news, said Seeley, is the heat the southwest portion of the United States are not likely to make their way here, adding what he has seen is cooler than normal temperatures with the rain forecast more episodic in July.