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Wisconsin corn crop still being hampered by cool, dry summer

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A relatively cool and dry summer is still hampering the Wisconsin corn crop.

The National Ag Statistics Service says the corn matured nicely over the past week -- but the plant's silk and dough levels are still 4 percent below the average for the past five years.

65 percent of the state's corn is rated good to excellent. 68 percent of Wisconsin soybeans are good to excellent. The beans are maturing a little ahead of schedule.

There's still a need for rain. Only 53 percent of the state's farm fields have adequate moisture levels -- and 45 percent are short or very short of moisture. That's two percent more than a week ago.

Parts of central Wisconsin had rains Monday that were too heavy to soak in. Wisconsin Rapids had the most, with almost 3.66 inches.

More showers are in the statewide forecast Tuesday, with a chance of rain every day into the weekend.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)