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Tri-State farmers look ahead after tough growing year

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Following a tough past year for many Tri-State farmers, some say they're cutting their losses and looking ahead to planting season.

Adams County farmer Dan Cole said he managed to get his corn and beans out a couple weeks ago.

However, he said he lost about 15 percent of his crops due to late planting and wet weather.

He said he assumes next year will be better.

"This fall is setting up a whole lot better than last year," Cole said. "We're getting our anhydrous on so we have freezing and thawing that will take the compaction out of that trip.

He said he's looking forward to drier soil.

"We as farmers are water managers and if you pack the ground, the water doesn't work well in it," Cole said.

He said this year is the first time since 2012 he plans to use his crop insurance.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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