Cold weather slows corn, soybean growth in Wisconsin

Associated Press

August 8, 2017

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.

The U.S. 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.

Citing the 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.

Almost 80 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 had pods.

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.