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Farmers Reporting High Yields, Despite Drought

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As harvest season comes to a close, area farmers are finding out how their crops turned out. Despite the drought, there's some good news.

Some corn growers are reporting record high yields.

One farmer said anywhere north of Lansing had some really great returns, but when you head south, some farmers weren't as lucky.

Once the crops were all in, things were looking rocky at Richard Dobbin's Farm in Concord.

"In the beginning, with the way things were shaping up, we were quite concerned, because all indications were, we were headed into a major drought," said Richard Dobbin.

But as the corn harvest came to a close, he was pleasantly surprised.

"The irrigated corn was well over 200 bushels an acre. Because of all the wonderful sunshine and heat, and the most important part that is needed other than sunshine, is of course water. So, the fact that we could apply water during a very sunny year made for an excellent crop."

Dobbin got a taste of both worlds though. Half of the fields he works aren't irrigated and the corn he planted there early in the season suffered much more than crops he planted later.

Plenty of other area farmers saw similar drought damage, especially on the east side of Jackson County, since the soil there is sandy.

 

"The holding capacity for water, is considerably less. So the heavier soils tend to provide more moisture for the crop."

 

There are some continued concerns, since some of the soil in the area is still so dry right now. Farmers say unless we get some substantial moisture this winter, normal rainfall next year will look like a drought.

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