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Mother Nature puts up a battle for farmers

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From a late spring to dry conditions and heavy winds, getting this season's crops in the ground has been a challenge and if extra moisture doesn't come soon they could have even a bigger problem.

The sound of the wind chimes is an unwanted noise for farmer Bill Hejl. 

"We have soybeans over here," says Hejl.

He says this wind could end up wreaking havoc on many crops. 

"It could blow seeds right out of the ground and we would have to replace them," says Hejl.

Hejl has already planted the majority of his crops of soybeans and corn and just prays nothing goes wrong until they are ready for harvest.

 "If we have another year like last year where it is dry, things will dry up and crops will fail," says Hejl.

Now wind gusts are around 38 miles per hour right now and Bill says that's ok for planting but with wind gusts predicted in the fifties tomorrow he says that's a different story.

"At 55 miles per hour everything starts to move," says Hejl. 

Hejl hopes that won't be the case and the noise of the wind chimes will soon be over taken by the noise of rain drops. Hejl say he's lucky that he's been able to plant already, because he's heard of some people that still have 20 inches of frost down in the ground.

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