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Lack Of Rain, Heat, Hot Topics At Farm Progress Show

Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:56:56 CDT
By: HPM's Bill Wheelhouse

Lack Of Rain, Heat, Hot Topics At Farm Progress Show Hot weather has been greeting visitors to this year's Farm Progress Show in Decatur. It's a fitting reminder of a rough year for farmers at one of the country's largest agriculture trade shows. Harvest Public Media's Bill Wheelhouse Reports:

Hot weather is no surprise during the late-August exhibition of all things farming, but the recent dry spell in the Midwest is causing some worries.   Pam Johnson, a Northern Iowa farmer who is president of the National Corn Growers association, says that's been the number one concern she's heard from show visitors:
"is the rest of the growing season going to be favorable with the weather challenges we had this spring?. A lot of people are facing drought now, so, I think that is the main thing."

Because of cooler wetter, weather earlier in the year, the show has had to cancel its harvesting demonstrations. Farmers hope they won't in the same kind of trouble back home.

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