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Wisconsin’s dry crops got a much-needed drink

USDA reporters say last week’s rains improved topsoil moisture levels statewide, but the state is still drier than the five-year average.  Topsoil is now reported as 67% adequate for moisture with 19% short and 5% surplus.  Subsoil levels are 63% adequate, 23% short, and still 11% very short on moisture.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay is underway in many areas, with 29% of the second crop cut.  The hay condition is rated 62% good to excellent, up three points after last week’s rain.

Corn is 69% good to excellent.  Soybeans are 68% good to excellent with 11% blooming and some pods expected to begin setting soon.  Seventy-nine percent of oats are heading with 19% coloring.  Seventy percent of winter wheat is coloring.  Potatoes are up one point to 88% good to excellent for the week ending Sunday.

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