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Drought Watch: Farmers Begin New Planting Season

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Farmers have been hit hard by the drought left and right,  and it's affecting their crop harvest. But recent rainfall came just in time for this year's planting season.

"The best planting season is right now. Anywhere from October 10th to the first of November is best for wheat. We've been getting these little old showers every weekend and it's ideal for wheat growing, getting it established and getting it up," said Wichita County farmer Fred Dwyer.

For the past few years, the drought has caused farmers like Dwyer to have a disappointing wheat harvest.

"The drought has made my land barren. This crop that we're now replacing was a killer. We didn't make much wheat," he said.

The rain can't be seen on the surface of Dwyer's fields, but it remains where it's needed most, below the soil. If the wheat comes up, Dwyer predicts the moisture in the soil will last for about a month. If the rainfall doesn't keep up, things could take a turn for the worse. Dwyer is hoping for more rainfall and isn't ready to throw in his towel just yet.

"It's not in us to give up. We gotta keep on going," he said.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.

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