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Dry, hot weather will cost in more ways than one

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MEQUON -- Our extremely dry and hot weather may cost you in more ways than one. Right now, you know to expect your energy bill to go up because of heavier use of air conditioning. But grocery bills may soon soar too.

Farmers in southeast Wisconsin say their crops are literally burning up in the field. And because of it, it's taking a toll on Kenneth Kohlwey's livelihood.

'It`s getting pretty bad now. It`s not very good. We need rain pretty soon and the corn is kind of wilting together  shriveling up and hay doesn`t grow," said Kohlwey.

50% of Kohlwey's cultivation is a bust. The dairy farmer in Mequon desperately needs his crops to grow. Corn and hay feed his cows and fuel his business.

'We`re not making any money we`re losing money, almost everything is costly," said Kohlwey.

Kohlwey is now relying on store-bought feed. He says his family has been the farm since the early 1900s and he's never seen the weather so bleak, so soon. As he strolls through his thirsty pasture, all Kohlwey can do is hold out hope that Mother Nature will soon cooperate.


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