FARMERS: Rain & Weak Pigs

Over the Middle West last week the sky was leaden. Grey rain clouds rolled over the soggy, black earth; a sharp, tornadic wind whistled through the small towns, bringing death and destruction. Wild ducks, flying north, alighted on small lakes of rain water in the bottomland pastures. In Ohio, the cherry trees refused to bloom. In Illinois, some farmers gave up hope of putting in oats and decided to plant the acreage to corn or soy beans. Even light tractors bogged down in the squishy Missouri soil; one disgusted farmer near Independence sowed a 250-acre area in clover from an...

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