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Farmers discuss drought, what's next

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When banking on mother nature to pad your wallet, you must be advised of the highs and lows.

"It's part of what farming is about. If you plan for disaster, you'll get one," said Rob Fritz, a senior agronomist at Hefty.

Joe Hazel, who farms south of Baltic, says the summer of 2012 is historic.

"I've never seen anything like this. Of course, I'm not as old as some of the others that have seen it before, but it's dry."

From the plains of South Dakota to the bluegrass of Kentucky, this drought is wrapping its arms around much of the country.

"It's such a broad, broad drought. So many people are involved in it and you can see the markets react to it," said Kentucky farmer Tyson Sanderfur.

He attended Friday's Ag PhD Field Day at the Hefty farm in Baltic to commiserate about this year's crop.

"The corn crop is severely burned up. Early planted beans are in the same boat."

So, is there anything these farmers can do?

"There's nothing we can do about it. We're just going to have to wait another two to three weeks to see," said Hazel. "Some of this ground is still holding on, so just wait and see."

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