Spotty showers brought some relief to Wisconsin fields last week but soil moisture conditions degraded with 57 percent in the short to very short category. Precipitation ranged from 0.05-of-an-inch in Green Bay to 1.94 inches in La Crosse. Undoubtedly it will be a different story next week as waves of thundershowers have been sweeping across the state since Thursday night.
The Wisconsin corn crop is averaging 18 inches in height, 5 inches above average with 63 percent rated good to excellent condition. A lot of cutworm damage being reported.
Soybeans are 94 percent emerged as some in the lighter soils haven’t had enough moisture to come out. The crop is rated 62 percent good to excellent condition.
First crop hay is 97 percent made as of Sunday, 27 percent ahead of average. Second crop is 24 percent harvested compared to none usually at this date. Several reporters say leafhoppers are a problem and the second crop varies greatly depending upon the moisture.
Oats are 72 percent headed and winter wheat is starting to turn color, both way ahead of average.
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