Growing season is here...for crops like soybeans and
and local experts say area farms are doing better
compared to other places in the midwest.
News 8's Keely Arthur joins us now to explain why.
States like Indiana and Ohio have been hit hard by
rain recently...causing soggy and slow growing crops.
While Western Wisconsin has had it's fair share of
rain, it hasn't been nearly as severe.
And experts say current weather conditions are helping
this years local crops flourish.
We prodcue about four to seven thousand pounds of
When it comes to dairy farming Jack Herricks is an
I started farming in 1971, I feel very fortunate that
I have had so many years in the same career.
To keep business running.
the Cashton farmer relys on the milk produced by cows.
And those cows rely on the corn, rye and alfalfa Herricks
grows on his property to stay fed.
It takes roughly an acre for every head of live stock.
Mother nature has helped the 13-hundred acres of
crops on Herricks land flourish ...keeping costs down
and his cows happy.
It's well over knee high by the fourth of july.
It's off to a fast start.
Things are looking pretty good.
Agriculture officials with the UW-Extension in Monroe
county say most of the area's 11-hundred farmers are
doing well despite some wetter days.
There's been a few instances with delay and weed control,
because of fields being soft.
But overall most of the crops are looking pretty nice.
But things are picking up, espcially compared to other
areas in the U.S.
There maybe some loss in crops from some bad weather,
that may have a negative effect on the total harvest
of the country.
Now this past week with the really nice weather we
had this past week the crops have really taken off
and grown nicely
I think with a few more timely rains, everything is
shaping up to be a really good crop year.
Despite some issues...experts say crops are doing
better in general in the U.S.
this year compared to last because farmers were able
to plant earlier...thanks to warmer weather.
Experts say they can't predict yeild yet...but will
have a better idea of how much corn and soybeans will
be produced by mid-August.