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A field closer to his home south of Beaver Creek shows kernel loss, but not quite as drastic. At left, a rain gauge found along one of Willers' fields south of Jasper hasn't held rain for quite a while.

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BEAVER CREEK -- Jim Willers plucked a soybean plant out of one of his fields south of Jasper Tuesday morning and pointed out the dried buds where green bean pods should have been hanging.


"It's a nice, big, pretty plant, but there are no beans," he said. "It's a pretty field, but there are no beans in it."

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Julie Buntjer
Julie Buntjer joined the Daily Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington and graduate of Worthington High School, then-Worthington Community College and South Dakota State University, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. At the Daily Globe, Julie covers the agricultural beat, as well as Nobles County government, watersheds, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework (cross-stitch and hardanger embroidery), reading, travel, fishing and spending time with family. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at
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