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Healthy Crops In Brown County Thanks To Rain

July 30, 2012, 10:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Healthy Crops In Brown County Thanks To Rain

Much of KELOLAND is in desperate need of rain. But a fortunate few areas received another shot over the weekend.    

Not too long ago more worry than optimism surrounded some Brown County fields. But that's changed.

"We're going to have a good crop right here if nothing happens to it," Richard Traphagen said.

As he admires healthy looking corn, Traphagen, who farms near Columbia, is optimistic about all his crops. In the past two weeks he says three inches of rain has fallen and in some places even more. And they needed that rain.

"Yeah, the rain was very, very timely to us, there's no doubt about that," Traphagen said.

The crops had been holding on thanks to moisture in the ground but that was depleting. While it's being replenished, climate specialist Laura Edwards says places in the northeast are still four to six inches behind a normal year going back to April in terms of rainfall.

"We're dry compared to what we'd expect for the northeast part of the state. But relative to the south and the southwest, our crops and our lawns and everything are looking in much better condition," Edwards said.

Those conditions even vary within a matter of miles as well with crops in the northern part of Brown County healthier than the southern part.

"You know we just thank the Lord for this because you don't have to get very far from us and it's a disaster. And we're very, very fortunate right now," Traphagen said.

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