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Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/06/2017

Farmers had to deal with yet another week of frequent rains in Wisconsin. And with temperatures at below normal levels, the final days of June were also not great for crop development. According to the latest crop-progress report from the state's agriculture department, farmers were still struggling with wet field conditions, yellowing crops and some drowned out areas. Haying and spray applications proceeded as conditions allowed.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated one percent short, 75 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, corn condition were only 71 percent good to excellent.

Ninety-eight percent of the state's soybeans have emerged, 11 days behind last year, but two days ahead of the five-year average. About 10 percent of the crop is now blooming, five days behind last year, but two days ahead of average. Soybean conditions were rated 75 percent good to excellent.

In the oat fields, 16 percent of the crop has turned color and 78 percent of the fields were considered good to excellent.

Nearly all of the winter wheat has headed, with 39 percent changing color. The crop was rated 75 percent in good to excellent statewide.

And the second cutting of alfalfa was reported as 31 percent complete, eight days behind last year and two days below average.

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