FOND DU LAC - "In the next week to two weeks, it will have a huge impact," said Mike Rankin, a crop and soils agent with the Fond du Lac County UW-Extension.
Rankin says the drought conditions are spotty throughout the county.
Rankin says Fond du Lac County's dry conditions have meant he's been fielding dozens of phone calls a day.
Rankin says the public is concerned about their plants and lawns. Farmers are wondering about their crops and the impact a low-yield growing season could have on the economy.
He says some farmers may have lost some crop yield, but it's not too late for a good rain to turn things around.
"The corn is just starting to reach the pollination state - which is really the most critical for corn," explained Rankin. "A good rain would get us through that stage and really help things immensely."
Brian Weed agrees.
"Trees will continue to be stressed, unless they're watered," said an arborist with the City of Fond du Lac. "And potentially will die, by the end of the summer."
Weed takes care of about 500 newly planted trees in Fond du Lac – in addition to the thousands through out the city and its parks.
Weed says only a couple of the new trees have been removed because of heat stress.
However, he's concerned the dry conditions may begin to affect fully grown trees.
He says despite having two watering trucks, there's only so much the city can do.
"It's a concern for us because if it doesn't rain, we're going to have to continue watering. It's going to take 2 or 3 inches of rain to really facilitate any type of watering that we've been doing," said Weed.
While some parts of the parks department are having trouble dealing with the drought, other parts aren't suffering in the summer heat.
The Parks and Pools division says attendance at city pools is already up double compared to last summer.
Workers at the Fairgrounds Family Aquatic Center say daily attendance is often near 2,000 people.
As for Rankin, he says this isn't the first time the area's seen drought conditions, and it won't be the last.
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