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Area crops are doing well at this point in the growing season, but progress will need to continue so growers can make up for low prices with larger yields. Photo by Nancy Woodke, Sun Tribune.

Knee high, prices low

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By Tom Larson, Sun Tribune

The venerable "knee-high by the Fourth of July" standard for corn crops has long gone the way of pinwheels, sparklers and homemade ice cream.

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Especially this year, most area corn has easily surpassed that benchmark, thanks to plentiful rain and, for the most part, some warm, sunny days. Area beans also are in good shape.

The problem is, area growers will need the potentially strong yields to make up for fallen prices.

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