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August 23, 2012 12:00 AM

Severe summer drought recalls damaging Dust Bowl days

Farmers in New Florence, Mo., a hardscrabble patch of the Midwest, know the discomfort of summer heat, they’ve suffered through dry weather before and they’ve certainly lived through the boom and bust cycles of modern farming. But they’ve never season a drought like the one that’s gripping much of the nation, and they’re seeing miserable growing conditions rivaled only perhaps by the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

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