Plowing through for April showers

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Maryland through the eyes of Sun photographers

April 17, 2006|By PHOTOS BY DAVID HOBBY | PHOTOS BY DAVID HOBBY,SUN PHOTOGRAPHER

The driest March on record has left farmers waiting for much-needed rain before they plant their crops.

Since plowed fields absorb rain better than unplowed ones, farmers like Jason Towers are preparing for a forecast of rain this week by tilling their land. Plowing also mixes recently spread chicken manure into the soil - and kicks up dusty clouds.

The dust and grit gets everywhere - in people's hair, eyes and mouths - but it's worth it: Every drop of water the soil retains will help.

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