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Melting snow and rain flood fields

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 13th, 2013

The field above, located near the Flagg and Caron Road curve, is one of many fields showing standing water due to recent snow melt and rain. At right, the Kyte Creek near Memorial Park was swollen to the banks on Monday. (Photos by Jennifer Simmons)

ROCHELLE — Last summer, Ogle County was in desperate need of moisture to help crops survive, and now eight months later the county is seeing an abundance of snowfall and rain.

The heavy snowfall from last Tuesday’s major storm is starting to melt as farmers begin to prepare for spring planting.

“This precipitation is basically a regular spring, getting our moisture,” Ron Kern, Ogle County Farm Bureau director said. “Farmers will not be spotted out in the fields for a few more weeks, as planting typically begins in the middle of April, depending on weather. They need dry weather to plant. In the mean time all moisture is quite welcome.”

According to the National Weather Service, Rochelle has received two inches of precipitation within the last 14 days and eight inches in the past 60 days. The Rockford International Airport has recorded 10 inches of snow since March 1.

For the complete article see the 03-12-2013 issue.

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