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Published August 29, 2013, 05:39 PM

Morning rain offers little help for crops

The early morning rain is bringing some relief to local farmers. Unseasonably hot and humid weather has kept farmers on their toes this month.

The early morning rain is bringing some relief to local farmers. Unseasonably hot and humid weather has kept farmers on their toes this month.

Farmers we spoke with Thursday say this morning's rain will help their beets and corn, but it comes too late for other crops like grains and edibles. Mud puddles are evidence of the nearly inch of rain that fell on one local farmer's crops today. After farming this area for about 40 years, Chuck Nelson says this season is one to remember. He says all of his crops are in need of water. He's hoping for about an inch a week from now on.

"It will help with the sugar beat crop. The beats have been very very dry. They've been searching for water," said Nelson. "I think it will help the corn crop as well, fill the kernels a little bit better now too."

Nelson adds the rain is also helping with tillage. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say they expect the weather to remain dry through Friday, but more rain could hit the area on Saturday.

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