Wisconsin farmers say rain is needed now

Dry conditions have Wisconsin farmers concerned about their crops. 

Steve Knoebel (kin NAY bull) farms near Helenville between Madison and Milwaukee, and he tells Brownfield his fields haven’t seen a drop of rain in more than three weeks. “It’s pretty critical now. We’re really getting to be, we really need some rain here pretty quick or these things are going to start going downhill fast.” Knoebel rates his corn and soybeans as fair to poor condition.

Jim Emmert farms near Baldwin in northwestern Wisconsin, and he tells Brownfield he’s only seen occasional light rain. “We’re getting spotty showers in the area. We got a half-inch here last Wednesday evening and we got about a half-inch, but we’re very deficient here.”

And Emmert says his corn and soybeans are in fair to poor condition, with certain areas showing the stress more than others. “It’s starting to really show up on the thin soil on the hills. Where there’s very thin soil, it’s not doing well.”

The forecast calls for a chance of widely scattered showers for Wisconsin over the next couple of days.

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