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Corn grows Monday in a field in southeast Willmar. The rain of recent days bought a smile to the faces of some local farmers who, with the recent dry spell, had feared a drought this year. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

A 'multimillion-dollar' rain graces area farm fields

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WILLMAR -- Just as the long dry spell -- and talk that compared this spring to the 1930s drought years -- was starting to make farmers edgy, a timely weekend rain fell over the region.

"It was a multimillion-dollar rain," said Byron Hogberg, director of the Farm Service Agency in Renville County. "It was needed."

With corn in the $4-a-bushel range and soybeans over $11, getting rain at the right time is important.

"We're talking some pretty big cash crops," he said.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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