Farmers are looking to the sky for a little extra help as northeastern Wisconsin continues to go through its dry spell. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, farmers were able to work in the fields on average six of the seven days last week thanks to dry weather, which allowed some farmers to cut hay and replant some crops damaged by cooler weather late last month. Now farmers in some parts of Wisconsin worry things may be too dry. UW-Madison climate researcher Christopher Kucharik told PBS Wisconsin recently that the state is running a three to a seven-inch deficit of precipitation going back to the spring. Parts of southern Wisconsin are currently in some stages of either moderate or severe drought according to the U.S. drought monitor website. Door and Kewaunee counties are currently listed as being abnormally dry. As a result, some operators like Aissen Tree Farm outside of Luxemburg are irrigating their crops for the first time in years.
Hillside Apples owner Bill Roethle says his trees are still in good shape, but they could use a little help.
Roethle suggests that even though some varieties may be shorter in supply this year that the warm weather will help the crop progress nicely. Farmers may get a little help with at least a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday according to the National Weather Service.