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Farmers, producers talk cash flow, drought

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If rain was on sale a the Dakota Farm Show in Vermillion, these folks would be buying.

"We're going to plant corn in 90 days, so things got to happen," said Jim Fritz of Big John Manufacturing.

The 2012 drought is one these farmers and producers would like to forget.

"This drought hurt a lot of people across the US, and that's pretty fresh in everybody's minds," said Fritz.

But, that's not to say their wallets are completely closed. Many farmers have revenue streams from crop insurance, or their 2012 crop yielded better than expected. 

"With the cash flow that we've got in the farming sector right now... high grain prices. Other than livestock farmers, I think there's some money out there," said John Hansen who farms near Granville, Iowa.

Yet, most are quite cautious with their cash.

"Just need a few little small things for the farm that they have here," said Hansen.

Added Fritz, "The economy is such that people are more cautious before they spend the dollars they want to. They make sure it fits their program, they truly need it."

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