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96% of Wisconsin's corn crop is in the ground

A field of corn
A field of corn

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Some of the corn that’s supposed to be “knee-high by the 4th of July” is not even in the ground yet.

Officials said 96 percent of the Wisconsin corn was planted as of Sunday – 4 percent more than a week ago. 92 percent of the crop has emerged. That’s 8 percent more than the previous week, but another 8 percent is still underground.

The good news for farmers is that 90 percent of the Wisconsin corn is rated fair to excellent – and they’re getting more chances to get their work done, since the weather has finally dried up.

Forecasters expect dry weather at least until Wednesday afternoon, when the Badger State will get its next chance of rain.

The state has been hit hard by heavy rains ever since a late winter ended. La Crosse had its second-wettest January through June on record.

Because of the delays in planting, crop reporters say some of the expected corn acreage has shifted to soybeans.

The USDA said late last week that Wisconsin planted 150,000 fewer acres of corn than expected. 93 percent of the state’s soybeans have been planted. 92 percent are rated fair to excellent. 

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