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Area crops need more growing degree days to reach maturity

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With the late start to the growing season, most of the full season crops grown in our area of the Minnesota will need some warm days and especially warm nights to reach maturity. Extending the frost-free growing season this fall would certainly be helpful.

As of Aug. 4, Growing Degree Day (GDD) accumulation for corn is about 120-140 heat units behind for the Detroit Lakes/Park Rapids area, compared to the average GDD accumulation.

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