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Crops suffer from summer weather


EAU CLAIRE (WKOW) -- The dry end to the summer is hurting crops in some parts of the state.

Farmers have had to pull the plug early on things like corn, which is already being harvested.

In Eau Claire County, they're four inches below the average rainfall for the summer months.

Mark Hagedorn of The University of Wisconsin Extension says the wet spring combined with this end of summer dry spell is the worst combination.

"It's been a perfect storm of things just not going in our behalf.  We had wet, damp, cool times and poor root systems.  Now, not enough rain and our plants are really starting to suffer."

Hagedorn says a dry spring and wet summer are ideal for crops but the Chippewa Valley hasn't seen one of those for a few years.

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