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Wisconsin Crops Got The Moisture, Now Craving the Heat
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/15/2014

The faucet just will not shut off for crop producers who experienced another week of constant rainfall. The weekly crop progress report from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service on Monday said there were a few days available for fieldwork last week, but high moisture levels meant it was difficult to spray crops or allow hay to dry. On the flip-side, the corn and second crop alfalfa is progressing very well.

Reporters say the corn was beginning to tassel across the state, but more heat units are needed to promote pollination. While the majority of both crops were in good condition, corn and soybeans in late-planted and moisture stressed fields were still struggling to catch up. Crops from small grains to cranberries were also in need of warmer weather to mature.

Meanwhile, average high temperatures ranged from 79 to 82 degrees, while average low temperatures ranged from 59 to 63 degrees.

As of Sunday, about five percent of corn was silking statewide, with conditions rated 77 percent good to excellent. Soybeans were 24 percent blooming. One percent of that crop was setting pods.

Oats were 90 percent heading and 36 percent turning color. The harvest has also began and is three percent complete. Condition was rated 82 percent good to excellent statewide. About 79 percent of winter wheat was turning color, with two percent harvested. Seventy-three percent of the crop was in good to excellent condition.

Ninety-two percent of the potatoes were rated in good to excellent condition as of the weekend. And first cutting of alfalfa was 97 percent complete and the second cutting was 44 percent complete. All hay condition was rated 88 percent good to excellent.

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