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Another drought looming, farmers not worried

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By: Megan Palera

It's a dire warning to farmers: prepare for another year of drought.

The drought of 2012 will go down as one of the nation's worst droughts in 50 years. State Climatologist Al Dutcher now estimates a 70% chance of a second consecutive year of drought.

But farmers we spoke with Monday say they're not panicking yet. Instead, they're staying optimistic.

"For my part, a drought doesn't really matter until I have seeds in the ground. And that's when it'll matter to me. I'm concerned about it, because we're not building up our subsoil moisture, but until I plant corn, what better time to have a drought," Henderson farmer Curt Friesen said.

While farmers remain hopeful, climatologist's say we need 8 to 10 inches of moisture above our normal amount to break this drought that most of Nebraska is still in.

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