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Drought conditions affecting Wisconsin crops

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 00:59

Sept. 5 - A double punch of heavy rains followed by drought across parts of Wisconsin means a tough year for the state's farmers and crops. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Dry conditions in Wisconsin this summer are making this a tough year for farmers and their crops. A wet start to the summer in June delayed planting. Then higher than average temperatures kicked in -- packing a double punch for farmers. And that's affecting the crops, says agriculture expert Steve Huntzicker of the University of Wisconsin. SOUNDBITE: UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AGRICULTURE AGENT STEVE HUNTZICKER SAYING: "We could see some reduced yields depending on if we get any moisture or where the crop stage is based on when it gets moisture, and also as we look at alfalfa hay, I think we're seeing smaller crops here as we get into the third and fourth cuttings, just because we haven't seen as much moisture for the growth of that crop." The National Weather Service calls it "a flash drought" and forecasts don't show signs of improvement. Meteorologists say Wisconsin's drought could continue through September. But other states have been hit ever worse. Pockets of extreme drought conditions are affecting parts of Southern California, Nevada, New Mexico, Kansas and other states.

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Drought conditions affecting Wisconsin crops

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 00:59