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Doug Northrup stands with his grain drill at his rural Letcher farm. Northrup said he's been getting his equipment ready for spring planting, which he hopes to start by the end of April or beginning of May. (Candy DenOuden/Republic)

Farmers face another season of drought

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Punxsutawney Phil may have jumped the gun, but spring does have to come eventually. And as the mercury rises, the nagging question for many people is whether this summer will continue last year's parched conditions.

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"We are still in a drought," said National Weather Service meteorologist Billy Williams. "Farmers aren't going to have a problem with wet fields."

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