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Eastern Washington farmers hopeful for fall rain

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REARDAN, Wash. -  September and October have been noticeably dry. The Spokane International Airport hasn't seen a drop of rain in October, and in September rainfall was down almost a half of an inch from normal. 

That lack of rain has farmers worried about next year's crop. Hal Johnson is a wheat farmer in Reardan, and he says this is one of the worst years he has seen in the last forty years. 

"Sometimes we will get years like this. And it's been a long time since we have had a really bad year," Johnson says. 

The lack of rain affects his crop. Most wheat farms in Eastern Washington do not use irrigation, and John works 6,000 acres with two other farmers. 

Johnson says his crop was worse this year than any year he can remember, and if the area doesn't get rain soon he says the results will be noticed throughout all of Eastern Washington. 

"It will have an impact on these small communities."
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