A dramatic change in soil moisture conditions across Wisconsin in the last four weeks. As of Sunday, 9 percent of the state is listed as very short, 36 percent short, 50 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. Three weeks ago 90 percent of the state was rated short to very short. Wet conditions did slow the combines a bit but a number of reporters say, “no one is complaining” 77 percent of the Wisconsin corn-for-grain is harvested, up 11 points from a week ago and 33 points ahead of the five-year average. 47 percent of fall tillage is completed with farmers commenting things are working-up much easier with the rain. Winter crops are emerging nicely.
Since September 1, Green Bay has received 6 inches of rain, Madison 5.89 inches, Milwaukee 5.21 inches, La Crosse 4.47 and Eau Claire 2.55 inches. Year-to-date, Eau Claire is 7.23 inches below normal precipitation, Madison down 5.7 inches, La Crosse is 5.14 inches short and Milwaukee is 4.42 inches below normal. Green Bay however is 2.77 inches above normal precipitation for the year.
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