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Al Dutcher, climatologist with the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, tells those at the 2013 "Sorghum Profitability" seminar Tuesday morning in McCook, Nebraska, that yes, the drought that menaces the High Plains will persist into 2013. He sees "no signs of breaking the back of this drought ... no well-pronounced wet spring." Although, he said, he also does not see an early warm spring that breaks plant dormancy too early -- as happened in 2012 -- because of plentiful snow pack in the far-northern plains and on the front range. "The longer we hold off breaking dormancy," Dutcher said, the longer reserved moisture remains in the profile for crop use. Losing snow-pack early indicates significant drought probabilities, he said. "In a nutshell," Dutcher said, "as March and April go, so goes your year. That's your forecast."