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Remnants of drought still linger for area farmers


A lot of us don't think about winter as being dry because there's still remnants of snow on the ground, but local farmers say it is still dry following the drought.  

After digging down just one foot into bottom ground, farmers say the sub soil is in desperate need of moisture. Sub-soil is the dirt the crops draw the majority of their nutrients from and without plenty of fertilizer and timely rain or snow farmers could be in for a risky spring crop.

"We're coming into the growing season with a shortage of moisture, so we don't have a reserve. Our subsoil moisture's not been replenished and that, obviously, as we go through a dryer period of time; that crop doesn't have any sort of reserves to pull from," said Farmer Roger Hugenberg.

Some well timed rain from Hurricane Isaac over Labor Day Weekend helped out the winter wheat crop so right now that is doing fine. 

Hugenberg says this is a good time for farmers to evaluate what they've got and keep an eye on things. Also, monitor your insurance plans because you might be relying on that if we don't get the moisture that we need.

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