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Springfield Rainfall Surpasses Last Year's Total, Helps Fields

ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Rainfall is helping keep grass green, swimming holes filled, and hay producers producing.
It makes you relax and makes you feel a little bit more comfortable about where you're at financially
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Rainfall is helping keep grass green, swimming holes filled, and hay producers producing.

Recent rains pushed Springfield rainfall totals for this year above the total for all of last year, according to the National Weather Service. Still, last year's totals were about 15 inches below normal.

David Trogdon's alfalfa fields near Ash Grove are growing, while his worries subside.

"I wouldn't be surprised if I wouldn't get at least five cuttings (this year)," Trogdon says.

Trogdon is a cattle rancher who also grows alfalfa for hay. This year is looking much better than last.

"It makes you relax and makes you feel a little bit more comfortable about where you're at financially," Trogdon says.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that demand for hay is light to moderate, with a heavy supply.

Although Greene County is fairing well, much of the state is abnormally dry and a part of the northwest corner of Missouri was experiencing moderate drought as of last week.


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