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Hot & Humid Conditions Aiding Crop Development
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/09/2019

With just four days suitable for fieldwork, Wisconsin crop producers just couldn't seem to find enough dry days in a row last week to harvest dry hay or spray their corn for weeds and pests. But the state's weekly crop/weather report did credit the hot and humid conditions for boosting crop growth and development. Frequent scattered thunderstorms combined with daytime temperatures that reached into the 90s did give corn a much needed boost--though most fields in the northern half of the state did not have knee-high corn by the fourth of July.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated two percent short, 67 percent adequate and 31 percent surplus. No regions of the state were considered very short of moisture.

As of Sunday, 94 percent of the corn crop had emerged--three full weeks behind this time a year ago. Nearly 60 percent of the corn was rated good to excellent, which was four percentage points above last week.

All but four percent of the soybeans are now planted. That was 20 days behind the same week in 2018 and 22 days slower than the average year. Reporters say 64 percent of the beans are in good to excellent condition.

Winter wheat was 87 percent headed, 11 days off of last year's progress and more than two weeks behind the five-year average. Forty percent of the wheat acres were coloring and 55 percent were looking good to excellent.

Fifty six percent of the oats are headed and 11 percent had colored. Most of that crop is rated good to excellent, which is unchanged from last week.

And the first cutting of alfalfa was reported as 92 percent complete, with second crop 19 percent now off the ground. Most of the hay had to be chopped because of the lack of dry days needed for baling.

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