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Rain, heat and drought: Minnesota's weather 'roller coaster'

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LE SUEUR, Minn -

Minnesota has been on a weather roller coaster this year.

The state saw one of the wettest springs ever, followed by, what so far has been, one of the hottest summers ever recorded.

Now more than half of the state is either abnormally dry, or in a drought.

With rains hitting parts of the state Tuesday, and more on the way alter this week, farmers are hoping it can help their parched fields.

An old farming adage goes, "Corn should be knee-high by the 4th of July."

And for corn farmer Gary Schwarz, that proved half true this year.

"Ran out of moisture, then probably had too much heat," he said standing in while standing in his farm near Le Sueur, Minnesota.

While some of Schwarz's corn stalks reach knee high a month early, other have struggled in the hot weather.

"It's just like when a family pet goes down or something. It's always hard to watch any kind of crop suffer," said Schwarz.

While Minnesota isn't suffering from a lack a rain like other parts of the country, where farmers are in danger of losing their entire crops, that doesn't mean farmers aren't nervous about their harvest.

Parts of Minnesota have seen about three inches of rain in the last week, but FOX 9's Chief Meteorologist Ian Leonard says farmers need smaller, more frequent storm over a longer period of time before the drought can come to an end.

Schwarz knows that farming has to rely on force that are out of his control, "The old saying is, ‘you are always two weeks away from a drought.'"

But for now, with more rain on the way, Schwarz is hoping there are greener pastures to come.

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