Drought Information Available From Several Sources
(8/8/12) The Governor has released a letter on drought-related efforts in Wisconsin. Please CLICK HERE to read the Governor's letter.
The Governor has declared a state of emergency for all 72 counties due to the drought, extreme heat, and in late June the floods in the northern most counties. To coordinate the activities of various state agencies a state website on drought information has been set up at the following site: http://ready.wi.gov. Executive Director Rick Stadelman's August newsletter article explains what can be found at this state website and its value to town and village officers. Please read the article and go to the state "ready" website. It is important that town and village officers help distribute this information to your residents in this time of extreme weather conditions.
Please CLICK HERE for a link to the Wisconsin DNR's Drought Resources Page. It contains information on burning restrictions and emergency irrigation and well issues.
Also, while the University of Wisconsin-Extension cannot do anything about the rain, there are choices to be made about capturing as much gain as possible from drought-affected acres, making decisions about herd management and knowing how to avoid heat stress.
Answers to many drought-related questions can be found online at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Responds” website: http://fyi.uwex.edu/drought2012.
For more information about Extension Responds or drought-related information, please contact your county UW-Extension office. Contact information can be found at: www.YourCountyExtensionOffice.com.