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Climbing Temperatures Cause Rivers to Rise, Flood

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Rising temperatures, heavy rainfall and rapid snowmelt combined to produce a quick rise of rivers and creeks, and flooded fields. The flooding is also due to the frozen ground, which is not allowing the water to percolate into the soil

Temperatures soared to record levels, but the ground is still cold.

Professor Kurt Thelen, from MSU's Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences says that, with a freeze on the way, farmers this spring could see dead spots in fields. This is caused by "water ponding on the surface of the soil, and a hard freeze."

While there will be some damage to crops, it won't be bad enough to wipe out an entire field.

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