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01/22/09 — County farmers not predicting banner year for planting, prices

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County farmers not predicting banner year for planting, prices

By Catharin Shepard
Published in News on January 22, 2009 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/BOBBY WILLIAMS

Keith Waller of Mount Olive takes a soil test on one of his fields. The test helps farmers determine the pH level of the soils and aid them in deciding what crops to plant and what fertilizers and pesticides to use. Waller says farmers are expecting another tough season this year. Last year, dry weather and high fuel prices were a double whammy for growers.

Even in the dead of winter, Keith Waller is thinking of spring. Although the fields of his Mount Olive farm are empty this time of year, planting season is on the way, and Waller faces difficult decisions. "We're trying to...

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