July 14, 2010 Edition

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Bryce Baldridge of the Lawrence County Cooperative Extension Service explained that the rains received by our area Sunday through early Tuesday were a "Catch 22," both good and bad. "I heard on the radio that it was called a million dollar rain," he said. For rice farmers, it means a break in pumping water to irrigate and thus a break in fuel costs.

"You want to see rain and get some moisture in the soil, but on beans it could be bad," Baldridge said. If water remains on the beans and the temperatures get as hot as predicted this week, then the bean plants will cook, he added.

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