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Cooler weather slows Wisconsin's corn crop

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin farmers were just getting caught up with their crops when some hit a brick wall last week. Some of the state’s crop reporters said the corn-and-the-hay almost stopped growing because it got so cool. Nighttime lows reached the 40’s in parts of the Badger State, while daytime temperatures were 4-to-7 degrees below normal.

The Wisconsin corn averages about 68-inches, a half-foot below normal for this time of year – but the height varies widely throughout the state. The quality is not bad, though, as 88-percent of the corn is rated fair-to-excellent.

About half the soybeans are blooming, down from the normal two-thirds. 90-percent of the crop is fair-to-excellent. Some farmers are still making their first crop of hay to feed their cows. Three-quarters of the second crop is made, 10-percent below the norm.

Some farmers are cutting a third hay crop.

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