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'Just Enough Rain' Nets Door County Farmer Record Corn Crop

While farmers in much of Wisconsin suffered through a bone-dry summer and a brutal growing season, many farmers in Door County fared much better.

Rich Olson had his best corn crop ever.

Olson, who farms land eight miles south of Sturgeon Bay, says they averaged 178 bushels an acre on their 200 acres of corn. He says that bests their previous high of 156 bushels an acre. 

Olson says he had no idea they'd have such a big crop, let alone a record-breaking one.

Olson says it was a dry summer but they got just enough rain at just the right times.

Tim Siehr, executive director of the USDA's Farm Service Agency for Door and Kewaunee counties, told in late July the Door Peninsula was like the "garden spot" of Wisconsin and that crops -- especially corn and soybeans -- were holding up well despite the dry conditions. (Door County's Crops Faring Better Than Rest Of State, 7/30/12)  

Olson says he was in the Watertown area in late July and couldn't believe the state of the corn crop there.

"I had never seen the devastation that a drought can do to a corn crop, where the corn was actually drying up and the corn plant was dead," says Olson. "There was no chance of that corn coming back."

Olson says he feels "very fortunate and very blessed" that they not only were able to get the best crop they ever had but also to receive a price that was in the top third of its historic price range.


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