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05/17/11 — Crops: So far, so good

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Crops: So far, so good

By Steve Herring
Published in News on May 17, 2011 1:46 PM

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News-Argus/MICHAEL K. DAKOTA

A crew transplants watermelons on the farm of Frank Howell off Pikeville-Princeton Road this morning. Farming in Wayne County is in full swing. Growers are hoping for better weather than last year, when heat and a lack of rain led to devastating losses for many.

Moderate temperatures coupled with the right amount of rainfall at the right time have created near-perfect growing conditions for the county's crops. However, Cooperative Extension Service director Kevin Johnson can't forget last year. "My biggest fear is another hot, dry...

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