Recent rainfall saves crops from being total loss

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MILWAUKEE -- Some much needed moisture has revived withering crops across Southeast Wisconsin during a season where many thought crops would be a total loss.

We we talked to Dan Craig in July, the corn was struggling and spider mites were wrecking soybean plants. Now, the beans are growing in, and much of his corn turned out of fine.

There's also a lot more green on Bill Prahl's farm outside of Mequon. He showed his barren field in June, and remembers wondering if 2012 would be a huge waste. Prahl's stalks are shorter than usual, but still productive.

For Craig, two weeks made the difference. His tiny cobb came in, but has lowered quality thanks to the dry conditions.

Craig estimates his weaker crop will yield 80-90 bushels per acre. He says the good one will be closer to 150. If it averages out to around 120, he says that'll be a good year.