Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 | 8:41 p.m. CDT; updated 8:56 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 15, 2012

WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Chris Covelli planted 1,000 zucchini seeds on his farm in southern Wisconsin this spring. Only a quarter sprouted in the parched soil. A few weeks later, he planted 1,000 more seeds and doubled his irrigation. This time, nothing came up.