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Irrigation systems in Stevens County have been getting a workout this summer as producers cope with rainfall shortages

Area crop producers 'living on the edge'

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By Tom Larson

Sun Tribune

This is a critical time for area crops as the harvest looms.

Rainfall has been spotty all summer, and cooler temperatures have set maturity rates back about a week or so. And aphids in soybean crops are expected to peak in a week or two.

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But, as always, it could be worse.

"As dry as it's been," said Paul Groneberg, of CENTROL, as he walked beans Monday checking aphids, "things are looking amazingly well."

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