Extreme drought eases in Southern Wisconsin

Central part of state remains very dry
Extreme drought eases in Southern Wisconsin

Fifty percent of the country is in a moderate drought, according to the latest drought monitor released Thursday. Eighteen percent of the country is an extreme drought. 

In Wisconsin, recent rains have helped ease the drought in the southern part of the state. Twelve counties are still in an extreme drought. Much of the state’s mid-section is in a severe drought. 

Rain fall has helped lessen the dry conditions. Some communities have lifted burn bans that were in place for more than a month. 

Twenty-three counties have been declared federal disaster areas. Residents there are eligible for low-interest loans to help cover crop losses. 

According to the recent USDA crop progress report,  the hay crop appears to be in the worst shape, with about 62 percent of the state’s pastures reported as poor to very poor.

Forty-three percent of the state’s corn crop is rated in poor to very poor condition. That is about 10 percent better than this time during the 1988 drought. 

Thirty percent of the soybean crop is poor to very poor.

“We saw drought continue to intensify over Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas this week,” experts who compiled the drought report said.