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Farmers warned of potential manure problems


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Farmers are being warned that their manure storage facilities could overflow, especially in southern Wisconsin where most of last week’s torrential rains occurred.

Also, state agriculture officials say the spreading of manure on saturated farm fields could lead to additional runoff in nearby lakes and streams.

Sara Walling of the state Agriculture Department says engineers are working with farmers on the matter.

Greg Baneck of the state’s Land and Water Conservation Association urges farmers to contact their local conservation agents. He says they might know about alternative storage sites with excess capacities.

Up to 13 inches of rain fell in parts of southwest Wisconsin late last month, and virtually all regions of the state had at least one major downpour.