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July 17, 2012 06:12 PM

Eureka Crops Limping Along With Timely Rains

Eureka, SD

Farmers in the Eureka area received a small dose of rain that will buy their crops a little more time.  That’s been a trend for the northern McPherson County community this year.

On his farm north of Eureka, Eric Odenbach can't complain about his corn yet. But he's been worried plenty of times.

"We've been getting our timely rains and we may just have a crop," Odenbach said.

Odenbach received a little less than a half inch by Tuesday morning. He considers himself fortunate to have received shots of rain that have kept his crops growing.

But like the rest of the state, it's dry near Eureka too. Since this rain is helping the area get by but not catch up, it needs more doses of it.

"This rain will tie us over for four or five days, depending on how hot it gets again," Odenbach said. "We need some more rain to finish out the corn crop and get the beans going a little better and just keep on raining."

The possibility for rain over the next couple days has Odenbach hoping it'll find his area once again. With hot weather expected, he knows crops can return to pre-rain conditions or worse in a hurry.

"The corn was looking pretty stressed. It was getting that chalky green color. The beans were curling up a little bit on the hilltops and the light soil," Odenbach said.

Crops this far north are further behind in their development than those in the southern part of the state so continuous moisture in the future would still salvage a lot.

"Just keep praying for rain," Odenbach said.

Odenbach had a neighbor to the north near the state line that received more than three quarters of an inch of rain. But it's the same story there where producers are thankful for it and need more.

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