LEONARD, N.D. — As wind and rain swept through Brian McDonald's field here Wednesday, April 7, he let out a slight sigh of relief.
"The rain is nice to settle the dust, it has gotten pretty dusty, and there's been concern about fires even," McDonald said.
McDonald farms thousands of acres, which only have alfalfa in right now, but he grows soybeans, corn and millet, among other crops, and has livestock hoping to graze on greener grass.
Like many farmers, McDonald is still feeling some effects from last year's growing season, one of the wettest he's seen.
"We still can find water (in the field) without any trouble," he said. "There's still water here and there, so we're lucky compared to a lot of folks."
But for other farmers during the statewide drought, including many nearby McDonald's farm, they're getting out in their clearer fields, but are still hoping for wetter days.
"I've talked to a couple from the northwest part of the state, and they could be seeding, but they just aren't. They don't want to lay the seed in there and have it not do anything for three weeks," he said.
While McDonald's field is already an oasis, he's hopeful more farmers will find their way out of the desert soon.
"It'll always rain again here," he said. "We're only dry for a short time."