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Farmers take advantage of dry weather

posted on April 21, 2000


ECONOMIC MATTERS IN RURAL AMERICA CONTINUE TO BE DEFINED LESS BY THE LUST FOR CAPITAL GAIN THAN BY FINANCIAL, NATURAL, AND EVEN SPIRITUAL FUNDAMENTALS.

DESPITE ANGST OVER WEATHER AND DISMAL PRICES, OPTIMISM CAN STILL BE FOUND IN THE COUNTRYSIDE AS AMERICA'S FARMERS CONTINUE THE ANNUAL SPRING RITE OF PLANTING.

NATIONALLY, 9-PERCENT OF THE CORN IS IN THE GROUND ... MORE THAN DOUBLE THE AMOUNT AT THIS TIME LAST WEEK AND WELL AHEAD OF THE AVERAGE PACE. SIMILAR PRODUCTIVITY ABOUNDS IN AMERICA'S WHEAT FIELDS WHERE GROWERS HAVE PLANTED NEARLY 20-PERCENT OF THE SPRING VARIETY... UP ABOUT 50-PERCENT FROM LAST WEEK AND MORE THAN TWICE THE AMOUNT OF THE FIVE-YEAR AVERAGE.

11-PERCENT OF THE NATION'S COTTON CROP HAS BEEN PLANTED... NEARLY A 50-PERCENT INCREASE FROM LAST WEEK AND AHEAD OF AN AVERAGE YEAR AS WELL.

MANY OF THE KEY GROWING STATES RECEIVED SIGNIFICANT RAINFALL THIS WEEK, BUT THE MOISTURE DIDN'T SEEM TO DAMPEN MARKET CONCERNS THAT RECENT DRY CONDITIONS COULD LEAD TO A MAJOR DROUGHT THIS SUMMER.

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