April 18, 2012 Edition

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Rainfall was just in time

Lawrence County missed out on forecasted severe weather Sunday night but benefitted from the approximately one inch of rainfall that the system brought.

Extension Agent Herb Ginn said farmers were in desperate need of the rainfall.

"I don't think there is a dollar amount large enough to estimate the value of the rain we received," he said.

Ginn said that rain was needed to help with germination of planted crops such as rice, corn and milo. Rainfall was also needed to activate some herbicides that have been put out for pre-emergence control of weeds.

"Furthermore this rain will provide needed moisture so that planting can continue," he said.

The rain will help livestock producers, as well.

"Many pastures were withering away due to lack of moisture; now, hopefully, things will begin to improve."

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