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    Extension Climatologist Optimistic Drought Will End Soon In Wisconsin

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on January 28, 2013

    Drought, high temperatures and other unusual weather conditions were the primary factors affecting agriculture in Wisconsin in 2012. The most visible effects were fields of stunted corn and sunburned alfalfa. This visible evidence of crop stress was manifested in sharp reductions in yields and production. According to the "Status of Wisconsin Agriculture 2013" report, Wisconsin corn production was down 17% from 2011, soybean output was off 11%. Hardest hit was alfalfa with…

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    Extreme Weather Records Were Set In Wisconsin In 2012

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on January 18, 2013

    If you thought 2012 was hot, you were right. Last year, at least 178 record-breaking extreme weather records were set in Wisconsin. Nationwide, 3,527 monthly weather records for heat, rain and snow were broken by extreme weather events that hit communities throughout the U.S., according the Natural Resources Defense Council. 2012 tallies reveal even more monthly weather records set than the 3,251 records smashed in 2011, with record-breaking extreme events that occurred in every…

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    In A Drought Year, There Are Reasons To Be Thankful

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     by Fran O'Leary
     on November 5, 2012

    As the harvest winds down, it's a good time to look back and reflect on the year and count our blessings. That may seem odd in a year plagued by drought but there are still plenty of reasons Wisconsin farmers can be grateful in 2012. Prayers for rain in the southern half of the state went unanswered from the end of May until mid- to late-July when rain finally did arrive. While rain came in time to save most corn and soybean crops, yields were diminished. And dry weather returned…

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