This year is starting out dry again in many parts of the Upper Midwest — for the eighth straight year.

Still, the Wausau Daily Herald reports that, “Despite a spring that brought no snow in March for the first time in modern record-keeping, the USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Service reported that soil-moisture conditions last week were mostly adequate for farmers eager to start planting.”

Ag experts and farmers hope timely rains arrive to produce good-quality forage and grain crops this summer. A crop failure could be the final nail in the coffin for many dairy farms given the recent economic stresses.

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Source: Wausau Daily Herald