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Wet corn field (copy)

The old saying goes “knee-high corn by the 4th of July.” But Wisconsin is all over the board relative to corn development. 

A continuation of rain and cooler temperatures made life difficult for Wisconsin farmers struggling to deal with wet fields and some crops that are yellowing because of the abundance of rain.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service crop report for the week ending July 2 said frequent rains and below-normal temperatures made for frustration in the field.

“We just need some dry weather,” a Clark County report said. “Overall, crops are suffering from excessive rainfall and cool temperatures.”

Corn and soybeans lost

A Green County report said the rains have resulted in losses of both corn and soybeans in low-lying areas in fields.

“Many corn fields are all yellow from too much rain,” a Waushara County report said.

While less-than-ideal weather is causing problems, crop conditions are reportedly in pretty good shape across the state.

Corn was rated 71 percent good to excellent, soybeans 75 percent good to excellent, oats 78 percent good to excellent, potatoes 75 percent good to excellent, pasture 78 percent good to excellent, winter wheat 75 percent good to excellent and all hay 77 percent good to excellent.

Soil moisture continued to be in abundance, with both subsoil and topsoil moisture at 99 percent adequate to surplus.

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