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Wisconsin's corn crop catching up after soggy start

A field of corn
A field of corn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s corn crop is catching up, thanks to a dry July.

It’s still behind schedule, but officials say the average height is 44 inches – more than a foot higher than the previous week.

However, the corn height varies greatly, as farms dry out from a waterlogged June.

Believe it or not, most crop reporters say they can use some rain. 16 percent of Wisconsin’s top soil is listed as short to very short of moisture – along with 8 percent of subsoil moisture.

Almost two-thirds of the Wisconsin corn crop is rated good to excellent. Only 9 percent is rated less than fair.

93 percent of the soybeans are also fair to excellent. 13 percent of the beans have bloomed, 11 percent below normal.

Parts of southern Wisconsin had extremely heavy rains late Monday. Oconomowoc had over four inches within two-and-a-half hours.

A mostly dry and hot week is in store. Heavy thunderstorms are possible on Thursday. 

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