MADISON — Cool
weather has slowed corn and soybean growth in Wisconsin, but the
rest of the state’s main crops are doing well, according to recent
data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Department of Agriculture reports that most of the state saw
overnight lows in the 40s last week, while some areas in the north
had lows in the 30s.
USDA’s data, the Wisconsin State Journal reports that more than 70
percent of the corn crop was rated good or excellent. About 75
percent of the soybean crop was in the good to excellent range.
Some parts of
Wisconsin also received rain, which made fields too wet for some
machinery to operate on.
percent of the corn crop was in the dough stage or beyond, while and
a third was in the fifth maturity stage, known as the dent stage,
according to the USDA’s report. About 95 percent of the soybean crop
The agency also
reports that a third alfalfa harvest was almost complete, while the
fourth harvest was about halfway done. More than 70 percent of the
potato crop and more than 80 percent of all hay were also rated in
the good to excellent range.