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Farmers hope for a wet winter | Preston Citizen

Farmers hope for a wet winter

December 5, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL 

Assistant editor

The past few weeks have been on the dry side in most parts of Franklin County and the weather pattern has some farmers starting to worry about irrigation supplies for next summer’s growing season.

Danny Ralphs, who runs about 200 acres of irrigated farm ground on the West Side, said his winter wheat crop planted this fall has only partially germinated because of dry conditions.

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“We no-tilled about 100 acres and about half the crop has germinated. The other half is just sitting there waiting for additional moisture,” he said. “Things are more dry in the Clifton/ Oxford areas than in the rest of Franklin County and a lot of farmers in these areas are hurting for moisture. You dig down only a few inches and hit dry soil.

“The east side of the county and into the Weston area has received a lot more rain than we have in Clifton. And further north in Grace things don’t look too bad.”

Acreage of freshly sprouted winter wheat in the Linrose/Dayton area looks good on Monday. But the dry, snowless hillsides have local farmers concerned about water for next year’s crops.

Acreage of freshly sprouted winter wheat in the Linrose/Dayton area looks good on Monday.
But the dry, snowless hillsides have local farmers concerned about water for next year’s crops.

Frank Turnbow, who runs ground in the Weston area, said winter wheat stands around that community are looking pretty good right now.

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