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Crops dwindle during dry summer
The summer dry spell leaves corn crops lacking color and quality in the Monroe area. While the growing season hasn't been a disaster, the lack of rain has dampened hopes of bumper crops. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Farmers throughout Monroe and all of Green County are experiencing a severe decrease in rain, bad news for planters who count on revenue from corn and soybeans. Mark Mayer, University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture agent in Green County, said an optimistic outlook at the beginning of summer morphed into a negative one as July ended in dry conditions which continued into August. The current month generally produces just over 4 inches of rain on average, but as of last week, the total was estimated at just 1.8 within the county.