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Kurt Stiefvater, of Salem, on Tuesday shows reporters a corn seed, which has started to sprout roots. He planted two weeks ago at his farm north of Salem. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

'Always in the back of our mind' Rain brings relief, but drought concern looms

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SALEM -- The ground was soft under Kurt Stiefvater's boots as he walked around his family's farm Tuesday near Salem.

A few small pools of standing water remained in low parts of the field, a sign of the rain that fell in spurts in the region over the past few days. It's been about two weeks since Stiefvater finished planting his corn, making the recent rain all the more important.

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