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91-year-old farmer gives alfalfa crop outlook

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ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) -- Hay farmers dealt with one of the worst winter kills on crops in recent memory last year. This year's alfalfa crop is still a little behind, but fortunately is faring much better than in 2013.

91-year-old Dallas Adams farms near Zumbro Falls and proudly showed off his field Wednesday that is about ready to be cut.

"It's just something that gets in your blood, that's all there is to it," said Dallas Adams.

In the rolling hills near Zumbro Falls lies farm land that has been with the Adams family for 134 years.

"Used to be you got up in the morning and you hauled out a little manure and then you plowed it, you planted it and that was it," said Adams.  "You got out there and cultivated it and you got a good rain and you washed it all away."

Since that time things have changed significantly, but even with that change farming is still farming. 

"I grew up with it, it's been good to me, I'm my own boss," said Adams. "I get up in the morning when I want to, I go to bed when I want to and if I want to go fishing I don't have to be at a job in town."

It took a lot of hard work through generations to prepare the land, but it's because of that hard work that Adams said you won't find a more lush alfalfa crop around.

With the help of what Adams calls his "legs," he said he's going to keep farming.

"I'm going to try and work until I die." said Adams. "That's what's keeping me going so long."

Adams said even with a bit of a slow start, the crop is doing very well and farmers are going to try hard to get four cuts in this year which is about average for a summer.  The first cuts should take place within the next week or so.

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