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Ranchers Happy about the Rain


This week's rain was a welcome sight for one ranch that's hardly received a drop all summer.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin visits with one family who is all smiles about this rain shower.

(Rodney Rudolph / Farmer) "We just got this wonderful rain here, about 2.5 inches." 
Rodney and Linda Rudolph describe Monday's rain as a blessing...-some of the first drops to fall southeast of Dawson since spring.
The Rudolph's say they have received less than a half inch all summer.
(Rodney & Linda Rudolph / Farmer)"Nothing measurable. Light showers, 5-10 hundredths, get the cement wet."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "While the rain was a welcome sight, it was a little too late for this millet crop that was suffering all summer long."
(Rodney Rudolph / Farmer) "It was planted for grain and it looked pretty good, better than the flax for quite a while, but when the rain shut off, the hill tops were short. In the bottom lands there was a little bit, but there wasn't enough to harvest. no grain in it, it had heads, but no grain."
The flax was a complete loss and had to be turned into the insurance company, while the millet that was suppose to be combined, had to be hayed.
Rudolph says the pasture is holding out better than he expected.
He says the early rains in May and June saved their hay crop.
(Rodney Rudolph / Farmer) "The pastures have done well because we had early rains and that held water and it didn't get real hot right away, and we had a good hay crop. We had brome grass that was 4 feet tall and we had a nice hay crop. But after that, the crop was too late to benefit for it."
While the crop may have been too late to benefit from this rain...this couple says they'll gladly take it.

Bismarck had the most rain during Monday's rain shower, with 1.76 inches, breaking a record set 100 years ago.


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