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Farmers Battle Hot Temperatures and No Water

MARION (CBS2/FOX28) -- For months, local farmers have been battling Mother Nature. As they get to the most important part of their season, the harvest, things aren't looking good.

"It's still trying to use all the available moisture to put into that ear and as soon as you start running out of water, it'll start pulling kernels back," said Linn County Farmer Brian Lensch.

For corridor farmers, its make or break time. A late start to the planting season was followed by near-drought conditions which was made worse by the lack of any significant rain in weeks.

Still, its not all bad news in Lensch's fields.

"That looks like a really good ear," he commented as he picked one out of his field. "See its filled out, pretty much out to the tip."

But look a little closer, and it's not quite so encouraging.

"It's deceiving on the outside. You can get your hopes up pretty good when you're walking on the outside where the sunlight hits," said Linn County Farmer Jason Russell.

Russell's plants, and those of his neighbors, are struggling. Too much hit weather, over too long a period. Optimistic farmers say its time to take a reality check.

"Most definitely we're going to have a yield reduction because of this weather coming," Russell.
 
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