The small amount of rain received last weekend did little to help area crops. Phil Long from Cash and Carry Chemicals in Washington says more rain is needed to help, but what was received might give a little bit of relief from a lower yield. He says currently, the drought is causing an increase in spider mites in soybeans.
Long adds the only way to stop the affects of spider mites is more rainfall, but treatments will most likely be required with the use of insecticides. He says most farmers will end up paying between $2.50 and $5.00 per acre to treat spider mites.
Long notes the little rainfall received didn’t help lawns, either. He says while lawns will go dormant, after six weeks, damage can occur. Long says rain in the fall plus fertilizers might be needed to restore lawns.