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Siouxland crops in race against the clock

YANKTON, S.D. (AP) -- Area farmers anticipating the first hard freeze in about a month are wondering whether their crops can catch up from one of the coolest summers on record.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Jansen says Sioux Falls and Sioux City, Iowa, haven't hit 100 degrees this summer, and 90 degree days have been few and far between.

Knox County, Nebraska, Extension educator Terry Gompert says the region's crops are now racing against the clock.

He says the area is below average in moisture. The crops look great, but their maturity is 2 to 2 1/2 weeks behind because of the cool weather.

Gompert says that if there is a normal frost, there won't be enough time for the crops to reach full maturity.

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