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Farmers’ hay stockpiles were depleted by feeding livestock through the extended winter. A good summer for alfalfa would have refreshed the supply; instead, farmers are having to feed from their new hay crop as a substitute for pasture grazing. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

Oddball season isn’t over yet for farmers

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The 2013 growing season has been one of extremes for area farmers.

It started with a long winter, turned into a soggy spring and then shifted into a dry summer, with a record-breaking week-long heat wave to top it all off.

“Every year is different,” said Denise Kane, President of Guardian Crop Insurance in Perham. “We’ve just had a lot more different this year.”

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