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Wet and warm weather pushes growing season in Pierce County

If crops' growth could be told by looking at a grandfather clock, recent extreme weather means the pendulum would have really swung this season.

Thursday, Soil Conservationist Jon Krauss of the Pierce County Land Conservation Department described the summer just ending as wetter than normal, and warmer and more humid than normal. Consequently, crop development is ahead of usual at this time of year by a couple of weeks, Krauss estimated.

"I've even seen some places where the corn has already been shelled off," he said, referring to a location on the way to Red Wing.

It's a contrast to area conditions a year ago and more so to those two years ago at this time. Last summer was unusually cool and drier than the latest one, plus 2008's was much drier in the vicinity.

Read more in the print version of the Herald Sept. 22.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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