Walker to announce effort to help drought-stricken farms
COLBURN, Wis. - Farming is a $59 billion/year industry here in Wisconsin, and our farmers have been trying to salvage anything they can from a dry and hot growing season.
On Friday morning, Governor Walker was to appear in Adams County to announce a new state effort to help make sure farmers can get the help they need.
Frank Wiedmeyer has fields in Germantown and Richfield. He tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" that the 1.25 inches of rain that hit his fields the last couple of days will help, but he doesn't know exactly what that harvest will be.
"I'm hoping that with the soybeans, we can maybe to 50 percent of a normal year," said Wiedmeyer.
"Maybe it will be better. It's a little bit too early to say. Corn...if it's burned up pretty bad, I don't think that's going to give anything. If it's on good ground where you've got pretty good topsoil, it's going to give a fair amount."
Check back later for more information on the new Farmer-to-Farmer network, to be announced later today.
The UW-Extension has more information about a Farmer-to-Farmer network here.