Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstormsSubmitted: 07/09/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
Reporter/Anchor
dsherek@wjfw.com

Unusually hot summer helps crops catch up after late season snowstorms
MINOCQUA - Some farmers had a slow start this year.

"I was at the winter market in Wausau twice during snowstorms on Saturdays in April," said Charles Valentine.

"It seemed challenging," said Valentine. 

But he said the weather switched drastically. By May, Valentine could start planting at Valentine Gardens and Greenhouse in Clark County. 


"It was a record late getting out this spring," said Valentine. "But then the heat turned it around." 

Valentine says the unusually hot summer temperatures have made all the difference. 

"It speeds stuff along," he said.

The weather has sped thing along so well that now Valentine is having a great season.

"We started tousling sweetcorn the last week of June, which is a new record," said Valentine. "A lot of things are ahead of normal three weeks." 

The heat isn't just helping his crop. It's also bringing Valentine more customers at venues like the Minocqua Farmers Market.

"They seem to kind of go with how the gardens come in," said Minocqua Farmers Market President and ZZ Farms owner Tyrena Brzezinski. "So as the produce comes in we get more people coming out." 

Going from snow in April to an especially hot summer certainly isn't normal, but Valentine takes it in stride.

"It's different," said Valentine. "But that's the challenges we deal with." 

You can find Valentine's products at nearly every Minocqua Farmers Market on Mondays and Fridays.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

ANTIGO -
One Antigo woman needed more space to share her folk medicine knowledge.

To keep up with demand, Kelly Keyser-Millar recently moved her 'Mortar and Pestle' shop right next door from its old location in downtown Antigo.

Digestion problems are a common reason that people come into the shop.

She recommends digestive bitters to get your system moving naturally.

"You're taking it 20 to 30 minutes before you eat. Once your digestive system is ready to go, it helps move the process along. Often where people get digestive upset is just that you're really sluggish," says Kelly.

Having a new workspace means Kelly will be busy brewing more new, folk medicine in the coming weeks.

For more info on Mortar and Pestle, click below.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN RAPIDS - 25 years later and the movie The Sandlot still brings a lot of smiles.

2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the classic film.

To celebrate, actors from the movie are on a mini tour around the U.S.

Scotty Smalls and Tommy Repeat Timmons joined the Wisconsin Rapid Rafters Thursday evening.

"It's hard to believe," said Shane Obedzinski, who played Tommy "Repeat" Timmons in The Sandlot. "It feels like it was yesterday. But it's awesome. We are very very grateful."

The Sandlot actors stopped in Wisconsin Rapids to throw the first pitch at the Rafters game and meet their fans.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN RAPIDS -
A Wisconsin Rapids man needed to be flown to a hospital after got trapped in a manure spreader in Wood County.

Deputies got a report the man was caught in the machine at 1:40 p.m. Thursday.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - More than 115,000 people in Wisconsin live with dementia.

That number will double in the next 20 years, according to the state Department of Health Services.

Northern Wisconsin will likely see some of the biggest effects, with a population aging faster than the rest of the state. Communities and businesses can see the change coming, and at least one business seems well prepared.

"One of the first signs of dementia is financial confusion," said Rhonda Lewis, the Executive Administrative Assistant at Wausau-based River Valley Bank.

+ Read More

Play Video

MOLE LAKE - Step inside an old building on the shores of Mole Lake and it might look brand new, but Arlyn Ackley knows the truth: this shack had seen better days.

"There was trees growing out of the roof," Ackley recalled.  "There was nothing on the inside, it had been vandalized."

+ Read More

MINOCQUA - Starting a new health routine can be intimidating, but easing into the process can do the trick.

Just as balance is key in yoga, it is important to have in your lifestyle, too.

That's a mindset that Laurel Parins lives by.

"Whether that is a twenty minute walk, a class here at the studio… that will make you happier when you're not restricting yourself," says Parins.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Four part or fulltime city administrators made their way in and out of Rhinelander during the last three years.
Unexpected firings and resignations left some people wondering if anyone will come and stay.

Rhinelander could get a new city administrator by Friday afternoon. Rhinelander City Council President George Kirby hopes to find someone who will stick around. Someone who's got the talents of an HR Person, somebody that can help us with our budget process and help us with economic development," said Kirby.

The council thought they found that in past candidates but administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner was fired after only one year in 2016. Then in April, Interim administrator Keith Kost resigned just two months before his contract ended. This hiring round, the council started with 39 applicants and is now down to just three.

Current East Peoria, Illinois City Administrator Jeff Eder plans on having a long term career with the city and is not fazed by the positions' past switch ups.

"In order for the city to really succeed you need to elect officials to provide that overriding vision so we all work towards that vision," said Eder.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 





Click Here