WISCONSIN (WKOW)-- After a wet start to the Summer drought monitors show more than half of the state of Wisconsin has slipped back into a drought. A majority of the counties in South Central Wisconsin are in either a minor or moderate drought.
Corn and soybean farmers who are preparing to harvest their crops are expecting to see significant drops in crop yields.
"As you open it up, you have a nice ear of corn, but it's about two-thirds of the size it should be," Sun Prairie Farmer and Wisconsin Farm Bureau District Director Jerry Bradley says.
Bradley says his corn crop averaged about 147 bushels per acre during last year's drought. That's nearly 50 bushels shy of his 200 per acre goal. He says this year things are looking just as bad.
"I've been out in some of the fields and I'm speculating on what it is, but I think if I get 140 I'm going to be happy," Bradley says.
Soybeans are also taking a hit. The heavy rainfall in May and June forced a lot of farmers to hold off on planting. Thousands of acres of fields weren't planted until the middle of June. Those crops are now struggling after several weeks of little to no rainfall.
Corn and soybean farmers say that even if we do get some rain over the next few weeks it's pretty much too late in the season for it to have any impact on the crops. The plants are too far along in their development and are already drying out. Farmers say they're still hoping for rain, because it will help to build a foundation for next year's crops.
"If we could've gotten some rain Labor Day weekend I think it would've changed a lot of things. Certainly with soy beans, corn we needed a shot in August," Bradley says.
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