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August 30, 2013

Midwest hot, dry spell brings back some drought worries

Temps soared to record highs recently.

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“We never touch those stacks until October or November,” Klessig said Wednesday. “This year, we started feeding two of those stacks in August.”

But the drought monitor showed improvement in western and central Kansas, western and central Oklahoma, the Panhandle of Texas, south-central Arkansas, and eastern Louisiana.

Improvement from rain also was noted in western and southern South Dakota.

In western Kansas, farmer Dean Stoskopf said temperatures hovering in the upper 90s have helped crops mature at his family farm near Hoisington.

“The crops are holding up good,” he said, but acknowledged: “In another week or so, they are going to need a drink.”

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