Cracking under the strain

Art Suderman, who farms south of Hillsboro, sticks his entire hand into one of the many cracks that have formed in his milo fields in recent weeks. The inch of rain Hillsboro received this past weekend may enable farmers to begin planting wheat when the ground dries again, but much more rain will be needed to offset the consequences of the recent drought. According to the Corps of Engineer records, this area received 3.63 inches of rain in July, but only .09 inches in August. The last substantive rain was July 22, when 1.14 inches was recorded.

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