Governor Walker tours drought-ravaged areas of state
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Milwaukee's lack of rain this year is producing drought conditions that, in the minds of one of Storm Team 4's meteorologists, is reaching extreme levels.
"I would not be shocked if (the current drought condition was) not upgraded to extreme," said Storm Team 4Caster Brian Gotter, despite Wednesday's rain that fell on random parts of our region.
"Even though we've started to see some rain showers around here, I'd say 88 percent of the area hasn't seen any significant rain...with the heat we've had the last couple days, we've evaporated a lot of moisture."
BURLINGTON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is touring farms in southern Wisconsin to assess crop damage from the ongoing drought.
Walker's first stop Friday was the Ehrhart farm in Burlington. Farmer Jeff Ehrhart says corn has suffered the most from the hot and dry conditions.
Ehrhart showed Walker yellowed corn that would not recover. The farmer says the entire crop has been affected but he won't know how badly for a couple weeks.
Walker also plans to tour a farm in Dodgeville. His agriculture, insurance and natural resources secretaries are accompanying him.
The tour comes after Walker expanded a drought emergency declaration statewide on Wednesday. The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday also upgraded the drought from severe to extreme across southern Wisconsin.