PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. -- The impact of the state's abnormally dry weather reaches further than the brown grass on your lawn.
If crops dry out, you might be feeling the impact in your wallet.
But agriculture experts in Crawford and Grant Counties, which have both been hit hard by this drought, said consumers and farmers can try to rest easy for now. Most of these crops are not at the point of no return yet.
Farmers have been dreading the crunch of brown corn stalks under their feet. Vance Haugen, UW Extension Agriculture Agent for Crawford County, understands why.
"When you have thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars riding on this crop, you wake up in the morning and you see hot temperatures forecasted, your guts are in knots. This is huge," said Haugen.
There's no question there has been some die-off when it comes to the corn crops in those counties, but Haugen said a majority of the crops there are still good.
"I understand how people feel. But if you go out and take a look at these crops right now, things are still looking good. And there's still potential to have a good year," he said.
Despite the fact that Prairie du Chien saw less than an inch of a half of rain last month, a lot of the corn might still be salvageable, especially now that temperatures are no longer in the triple digits.
"The cooler weather is an excellent change. Corn is a subtropical crop. It's a grass. And so up until 85 degrees, it's just smiling," said Haugen.
But Gary Mayne said just the fear that the corn isn't going to make it is having a negative impact on his business. He's a crop adviser for Premier Cooperative, which sells farming supplies to the southwest corner of Wisconsin.
He said worried farmers are cutting back on what they're willing to invest in a crop that might not survive.
"If they start cutting back on expenses, why it comes right back to us. And then we aren't able to keep as many people employed throughout the season as what we probably had planned to," said Mayne.
So, when should farmers really start to worry?
"We keep moving the target because it does depend on the temperatures. But I'm saying if we don't have rain in two weeks, let's say 14 days, things could be very, very bad," said Haugen.
Chances of rain in those counties over the next week are very slim.
Haugen is telling farmers to wait until after pollination to make any big decisions when it comes to their corn crops.
The crops experiencing the most troubles are the ones growing in sandier soil or shallow topsoil.