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Pam Smith DTN\Progressive Farmer Crops Technology Editor
Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:50 PM CDT

DECATUR, Ill. (DTN) -- Will Rogers once said that the farmer has to be an optimist or he wouldn't still be a farmer. I thought about that quote last week as I shared a pickup ride with Steve Holthaus, an Ossian, Iowa, farmer who endured the prolonged wet spring and is now biting his nails as some of his corn crop struggles toward maturity.

We were participating in the 2013 Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour and while the samples we pulled for that event are typically random, our route took us through Holthaus' home turf. Throughout the Midwest, maturity of ...

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