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Dry weather continues to hamper crop development

7:21 PM, Sep. 10, 2013
About 41 percent of Wisconsin's corn crop is rated as good to excellent while about 42 percent of the soybean crop falls into the same categories.
About 41 percent of Wisconsin's corn crop is rated as good to excellent while about 42 percent of the soybean crop falls into the same categories.
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Dry weather is plaguing farmers in many parts of Wisconsin through the late summer growing season, and some of the crops are starting to show the effects from a lack of rain.

Statewide, 79 percent of topsoil was rated short to very short while subsoil levels were at 78 percent short to very short.

"Corn and soybeans were drying up, with farmers chopping wilted and unpollinated fields for silage," a weekly report from the Wisconsin field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service stated this week. "Pastures and haystands were reportedly going dormant due to the lack of moisture, ...

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