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Rain a welcome relief for central Wisconsin farmers

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Cool temperatures and little rain have made this a summer some central Wisconsin farmers say they'll want to forget.

But as harvest season gets closer, the rainy week that just wrapped up put some of their minds at ease.

Casey Janowski is one of those farmers. He's had his apple orchard for more than four decades.

He says that's long enough to know this year didn't start out so well.

"We didn't have rain here in the end of June or July," said Janowski. "It was very dry."

But he's not worried.

"It's like a car race," Janowski said. "It isn't over until it's over. The last few laps make a big difference."

The turning point may have already come.

"Since it started about a week and a half ago, we've got about three and three-quarter inches on the ground, and that should bring us around," said Janowski. "I just smile when I see a dark cloud coming."

Down the road from Casey's Orchards, the Blue Top Farms harvest isn't doing as well.

"We are about a week to two weeks behind in some places with the growing season just because of the cold summer," said owner Peter Zakrzewski.

Corn farmers say heat is essential to their livelihoods.

"Heat is key to everything," Zakrzewski said. "We can give it the fertilizer and the water, but without the heat, we're at Mother Nature's mercy."

Farmers say sometimes, there's just not much they can do.

"This week if we could stay in the mid to high 80s, that would be great," said Zakrzewski.

Similar to the apple picking season, corn farmers say there's still time for their crop to catch up.

They say the warmer the nights, the better.
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