Drought declared in Rock County
JANESVILLE--Jim Stute hasn’t seen it this dry since 1988, when Rock County farmers lost 50 percent or more of their yield.
“The last rain that year fell on Mother’s Day, and except for small, period rains like the ones we’re getting now, it didn’t rain until September,” said Stute, UW Extension crops and soil specialist.
At 6 a.m. Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association declared drought conditions in Rock County.
In a report issued Monday, the USDA predicted that without rain this week, some acreage would not produce anything.
The report estimated 98 percent of soil in south central Wisconsin was dry or very dry. Wheat harvests are under way, and yields are down significantly.
The severity of the drought is compounded by the lack of snowfall last winter, Stute said.
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