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Knee-High by the Fourth of July?

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Gary Zimmermann grows corn on his farm in eastern Marathon County. He says the cold and wet weather we've had hasn't been ideal for the crop. While some of his corn is knee-high, in other fields, it's only to the ankles.

But in the past few weeks, he's seen the corn perk up. And he's cautiously optimistic, as long as the weather cooperates.

"It really needs warm weather. Up until a week ago, a lot of the corn looked really yellow and with the heat in the last week, it got a lot better."

Marathon County Dairy Agent Mike Wildeck says what we need now are warmer nights and for it to continue to rain, but not like it has been.

"We want adequate moisture but we don't need the surplus that we had in late May and June."

If that continues, farmers say the crop should look pretty good by harvest time, which for Zimmermann, is September. He would rate this season's crop as average to below average.

But all the farmers say they'd still rather have these conditions, than go through a drought.