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Feeling the heat: From an early planting start to a full-on drought

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FARGO -- After years of combating saturated soil during the spring planting season, many Red River Valley farmers were relieved to get into the field early this year and get a good start on what could have been bumper crops, Dwight Aakre said.

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"But it just continued too dry too long, and so now we're starting to hurt," said Aakre, a farm management specialist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service.

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