Monday, June 30, 2014

6-30-14 wet farm fields

Federal agriculture officials say the recent unrelenting storms caused widespread crop damage in
Wisconsin and kept farmers out of their fields…a Fond du Lac County extension agent describes the conditions locally are "brutal."  A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 21 percent of the state's corn crop is in fair or poor condition. The crop report says there were less than two days that were suitable for field work across Wisconsin last week.  Fond du Lac County Crops and Soils agent Mike Rankin says fields in Fond du Lac County are a wreck.   Rankin says Fond du Lac County has received about ten inches of rain this month including more rainfall Sunday night and in the forecast for tonight.  Strong wind and hail accompanying the storms damaged crops in Grant, Green and Dane counties.  But,  Rankin  says the biggest culprit was the persistent downpours that caused flooding, ponding and soil erosion.  

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