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Farmers welcome rain, heat after dry spell

6:18 PM, Aug. 20, 2013
Following four weeks of below-average temperatures and very little rain statewide, a state crop and weather report indicates that farmers are in need of heat and rain.
Following four weeks of below-average temperatures and very little rain statewide, a state crop and weather report indicates that farmers are in need of heat and rain.
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A month of cool, dry, weather is taking a toll on Wisconsin crops.

Following four weeks of below-average temperatures and very little rain statewide, a state crop and weather report indicates that farmers are in need of heat and rain.

"On average, soil moistures were 59 percent short to very short this week compared to 44 percent last week and 62 percent on August 18, 2012," according to a weekly report from the Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. "Corn and soybeans were both reportedly showing stress from lack of moisture, especially in the northern half ...

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