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Wednesday, July 12th, 2006 -- 8:52 am
Posted by Riley Hebert-News Director

A local crops expert worries this year’s drought is worse than last years’s.

“It’s certainly a bit on the dry side,” says Clark County UW-Extension Crops and Soils agent Nick Schneider. “We’re about 2 ½ inches for the month of June and we certainly haven’t seen much in the month of July, either.”

It was a year ago this week Farm Technology Days opened in Loyal. At that time, Clark County was exceptionally dry and extremely hot. But this year’s drought might be even worse – and it’s starting to show.

“(Tuesday) was the first day I really saw a hybrid corn field start to show some tassel. Tassels are where the pollen is shed from. We like to see a fair amount of moisture during pollination.”

Of course, things can change quickly in Wisconsin. Last year, rain came just in the nick-of-time, leading to one of the best yields on record.

For the average lawn or garden owner, Schneider has some simple watering tips: Water early in the morning and give your plants one big “drink”, as opposed to multiple light waterings.

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