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Southern Wis. drought upgraded to severe

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -

The drought in southern Wisconsin has been officially declared severe with little rain in sight.

Thursday's new map from the U.S. Drought Monitor rates the southern third of Wisconsin -- which had been in a moderate drought -- as severe drought, including Milwaukee and Madison. Other parts of Wisconsin are in a moderate drought or abnormally dry.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the drought could spell the end for some farmers who already are struggling -- especially dairy farmers still trying to recover from low milk prices in 2009 who now face the prospect of buying expensive hay to feed cows this winter.

Experts from UW Extension are posting advice daily at a special website set up for the drought of 2012. Questions are pouring in to extension agents.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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