Wisconsin crop conditions decline with lack of moisture

The health of Wisconsin’s crops continues to decline because of the lack of rainfall.  Most of the state saw less than an inch of rain last week.

USDA statistician Greg Bussler says the corn condition dropped 8%, soybeans down 7%, and oats down 3% from a week ago.

Ninety-eight percent of Wisconsin’s corn has emerged, and that’s 8 days ahead of average, but only 42% of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Ninety-seven percent of the state’s soybeans have emerged, and that’s 10 days ahead of average.  Just 45% of Wisconsin’s soybeans are rated good to excellent.

Seventy percent of Wisconsin’s oats have headed with coloring at 18%.  Forty-five percent of the oats are rated good to excellent.

The winter wheat crop is 93% headed with coloring at 37%. 

The second crop of alfalfa hay is now 24% finished, which is five days ahead of the average.  The all-hay condition fell 3% last week with 40% of the crop in good to excellent condition.

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