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Waiting for rain

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
It’s becoming an all too familiar refrain among western Kansas farmers, “We need rain.”
Last year’s drought has continued into 2012. The wheat crop was planted late and many farmers doubled the normal planting rate and drilled 90 to120 pounds per acre versus 50 to 60 pounds per acre in a normal year.
Because there was little to no subsoil moisture in the ground, the wheat crop started slowly once it germinated. Very little growth occurred until beneficial rains fell in November and December.
In January nearly a foot of snow blanketed ...

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