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Fast plant, slow moisture: Farmers’ refrain: We need timely rains amid drought conditions

Farmer Jay Hansen stands amid the taller corn, where the farm’s irrigation system – barely visible in the background – has deposited 3 inches of water. The corn will be sold to DeLong Co. and to Farm City. From there, it will become livestock feed, go into products such as ethanol and corn syrup, or be earmarked for the export market. (Independent photo by Susan W. Murray)
“Rain makes grain.” Farmer Jay Hansen quotes the adage while surveying the corn growing in his family’s field along Route 47, across from Allendale Road. He gestures to the spot […]
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