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Soils in farm fields across the are saturated with as much as 8 inches of rain from storms Sunday and Monday night. With more rain in the forecast, area farmers are nervous their fields won't have significant time to drain. Here, a sugar beet crop is waterlogged Tuesday at this farm along Kandiyohi County Road 19 south of Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Biggest crop loss may come from standing water

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WILLMAR -- The most significant crop losses from this week's stormy weather will not be from wind or hail, but rather standing water that drowns the young corn and soybean plants.

"We don't need another 3-inch rain now," Wes Nelson, executive director of the Kandiyohi County Farm Service Ag-ency, said Tuesday.

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Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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