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Wisconsin farmer expects dry summer to impact yields

A west-central Wisconsin farmer is not expecting a bin buster this year.

James Giese tells Brownfield, ” I don’t think we’re going to have a bumper crop, just a regular, average crop.”

James Giese and his father farm about four thousand acres in the Alma Center, Wisconsin area.  He tells Brownfield he’s expecting corn yields to be down a little below average because of the dry July, but he’s not complaining. “We’ve had some timely rains. Our sandier knolls, you know, they’ve suffered and they’re going to be lagging right now and our light ground is lagging a little bit but as a whole, I’d say we’re looking good.”

Giese says he did get some of the scattered showers that just passed through the state over the weekend. “We got about six-tenths, but it wasn’t much of a storm. It was just kind of a nice light rain that we got. When I say six-tenths, that’s over the entire weekend that we just had.”

Giese says he feels fortunate after traveling to a tractor pull in Rockwell, Iowa last week and seeing how dry their crops are.

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