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Corn crop maturity slows as hay crop grows in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The recent cool and dry weather slowed down the maturity of Wisconsin's corn crop -- but it let farmers make a lot of hay this past week.

Officials say two-thirds of the year's second hay crop is in, a 22 percent jump from the week before.

Just over three-fourths of the Wisconsin corn and soybean crops are in good to excellent condition. 22 percent of the corn is silking, down from the normal of 31 percent at this time.

It means the crop is not maturing at its average pace.

Despite the recent dryness, three-fourths of Wisconsin farm fields still have adequate moisture.

Some fields are short of moisture for the first time in a while. 9 percent of statewide fields are now in that short category.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)