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Good Week for Crops, but Areas Could Use Rain
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/10/2018

It was another excellent week for baling hay and growing corn in the Badger State last week, as hot weather conditions lingered around Wisconsin. But according to the latest crop/weather report, many areas have not seen any measurable rain in over two weeks.

The Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service noted that crops were developing quickly in the summer heat; and have caught up to average despite the late plantings. Early planted corn was starting to tassel and small grains were ripening for harvest.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated two percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate and six percent surplus.

As of Sunday, six percent of the state's corn acreage has reached the silking stage--eight days ahead of last year and five days better than average. Twenty-nine percent of soybeans have bloomed, also ahead of the 2017 progress. Soybean condition was 81 percent good to excellent.

Over a third of the oats have turned color. And the potato condition was 86 percent good to excellent. In the winter wheat fields, all but four-percent of the crop has headed, which is a week behind last year.

The first cutting of alfalfa is nearly finished this year, with second crop 56 percent complete.

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