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Wet Spring In Midwest Is A Big Challenge For Farmers

By the end of June, Matt Plenge’s Kahoka, Missouri, farm had received close to four times its normal rainfall. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)
By the end of June, Matt Plenge’s Kahoka, Missouri, farm had received close to four times its normal rainfall. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Record rains in Illinois, Missouri and other parts of the Midwest have made this year’s growing season tough for farmers. Big storms are leaving farmers with less time to plant, and working wet soil isn’t good for the topsoil.

Scientists say the Midwest gets 10 to 15 percent more precipitation than a century ago, as part of a warming trend. But as Abby Wendle of Here & Now contributor Harvest Public Media reports, the warmer temperatures and rains do have some benefits for agriculture.

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