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Wisconsin farmer concerned about dry crops

The USDA reports crops are mostly in good to excellent condition, but a western Wisconsin farmer is concerned about the lack of recent rain and what that will do to soybean and corn yields.

Tony Mellenthin farms near Menomonie, Wisconsin, and is President of the Wisconsin Soybean Association.  Mellenthin says, “We’re in drought conditions right now, and it worries us a little bit because August is the month that makes soybeans and we’ve had less than an inch of rain total in the month of August and that’s come in two or three different shots.”

Mellenthin tells Brownfield he’s seeing the negative effects of dry weather already. “They’re getting pretty dry. We have not seen sizeable rain since the last week of July and the corn and soybeans both are going backward in a hurry, and we need rain desperately.”

Mellenthin says he’s seeing spider mites in crops planted on light ground.  And as far as corn progress, “The full cob is dented but, you know, you can’t see the milk line starting to recede yet, but that will be very shortly.”

Mellenthin says if rain does not come soon, there might not be as much of a problem storing the 2020 crop because of lower yields.

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