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Late August rains boost crops for some

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Farmers once described timely, crop-boosting precipitation as "a million-dollar rain." The term, more poetic than scientific, has been outdated by higher crop prices, but the concept remains valid.

Widespread rains across the Upper Midwest during the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24, particularly Aug. 23, gave a big boost to still-maturing crops, including corn, soybeans, sugar beets and potatoes, area farmers and agriculture officials say.

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