According to an expression among farmers, corn is supposed to grow knee-high by the fourth of July. Whoever came up with that probably wasn't counting on some roadside weeds in Eau Claire to be that tall in the weeks before Independence Day.
Those dreaded plants along State Highway 93 are now history, thanks to the Eau Claire County Highway Department.
They've been dealing with about eight-percent less money this year when you factor in inflation, leaving fewer workers around to cut the grass.
"When we have eight or nine people on activities such as pothole-patching or crack-filling...major projects, instead of having three or four people available for urban area mowing, we might have one or two on a big day," said Eau Claire County Highway Commissioner Tom Walther.
He also said unless there's a change in the way their department is funded, they'll probably keep struggling in the years ahead when it comes to mowing along state highways.