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State corn, soybean harvests remain ahead of schedule


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s corn and soybean harvests remain ahead of schedule, as the result of dry weather before this past weekend.

Federal officials said 54 percent of the state’s corn is out of the fields. That’s up from 36 percent a week ago – and it’s 18 percent more than the average for the past 5 years.

The USDA reduced its estimate of the nation’s corn harvest last week, as the drought continued to get worse in Wisconsin among other places. But the Badger State got some relief during the weekend, as anywhere from an inch-an-half to six inches of rain fell.

That’s still well below the precipitation shortages for the year, but officials said the rain was definitely a help.

Wisconsin’s soybean harvest continues to do well. 80 percent of the beans are in, up from 75 percent a week ago and 46 percent for the past five years. But pasture conditions reflect the increased dryness as of last week.

The USDA said only 4 percent of Wisconsin’s pasture lands were in good shape – and 78 percent were either poor or very poor. Forecasters say more rain is possible throughout Wisconsin Tuesday – and rain is likely statewide Wednesday.