Thunderstorms impact Wisconsin farmers

Frequent thunderstorms impacted Wisconsin farmers in a number of ways last week.

In its latest crop progress report, the USDA says severe weather limited fieldwork, damaged crops and buildings, and caused ponding in low-lying areas.

Reporters noted that crop conditions improved in areas not affected by heavy rains and hail.

Corn emergence reached 94 percent, with 71 percent of the crop rated good to excellent.

Soybean planting advanced to 96 percent complete, emergence rose to 84 percent, and soybean condition improved to 78 percent good to excellent.

The frequent rains interrupted the first cutting of alfalfa, but the overall condition of pastures held steady at 80 percent good to excellent.


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