U.S. Drought Monitor survey released

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

Monroe County (WEAU)- Drought conditions in south-western Wisconsin have increased from moderate to severe. Many of the corn belt states are surpassing extreme conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor survey was released Thursday morning and revealed that drought conditions have gotten worse for the 4 plains states. Though the United States as a whole did see dry conditions drop.

Dry conditions just got worse for La Crosse and Monroe County.

“Monroe county, La Crosse County, Vernon County and Jackson county are all severe or at least a large portion of them are. Eau Claire county and Chippewa County have had adequate rainfall for the most part and are sitting in a much better condition right now,” said Monroe county agriculture agent, Bill Halfman.

A lot of the rain that farms have been getting in western Wisconsin haven’t been reaching the roots of the crops.

“We had some rain this morning and you can go out and kick up dry dirt. It just doesn’t get down there,” said Bangor farmer, Robbie Tenner.

A lot of farmers in Wisconsin should be able to get by this year even though there are severe drought conditions right now. In the corn belt it’s a different story. Many crops there are past saving.

Missouri and Illinois are mostly in the red zone with extreme drought conditions, with parts of southern Illinois and Indiana getting into exceptional conditions.

Many farmers down south are now having to decide whether to give up on their crops or not.

“They have to decide if it’s cost effective to harvest this or do they just till it down and get ready for next year,” said Halfman.

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