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Weather expected to affect Corn crop numbers

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Corn production around the region is expected to dip this season because of ongoing dry weather.

According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a twelve percent drop in corn production is expected for the upcoming harvest.

Depending on what part of northeastern South Dakota you go farmers will either tell you they want some rain or they don't.

But as KSFY found out most farmers in the Aberdeen area want moisture and less heat on their crops.

Many corn crops across South Dakota are in need of water. 

Lack of rainfall and dry, warm weather over the past few months has left soil without vital moisture.

For farmers like Allan Peck, it's become a day to day worry.

"It looks good right now, but, in another week its gonna be a totally different story," Peck said.

Peck Farms on the east side of Aberdeen.

He says Mother Nature has been playing games over the past few months only dropping fractions of an inch every storm.

"A good two inches would be a good start, we don't want no huge flood, but, 2 inches would soak it pretty good," Peck said.

Just down the road on Sixth Avenue in Aberdeen; Josie Sanderson is selling sweet corn.

Sanderson and her family run an operation in Aurora, SD.

She says this year appears to be a ripe for the pickings.

"This is definitely the earliest sweet corn we've had in a long time. As long as I can remember, which is good because we can get it ready earlier," Sanderson said.

Sanderson says last year was one of the latest seasons she can remember.

Either way she says, she is just hoping the weather over the next few months will go in their favor.

"Our fields of sweet corn are irrigated, so it makes it so we haven't fallen quite as far behind as a lot of other farmers have, which is nice, but, it also makes the production cost quite a bit more," Sanderson said.

For producers like Sanderson and Peck, they're just hoping Mother Nature will start to cool off and bring some much needed moisture.

If the drought continues in crops, it could be higher grain prices for cattle and other feed animals as well.

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