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Cool, dry summer causing problems for Wisconsin farmers

Wisconsin Farm (courtesy of Flickr)
Wisconsin Farm (courtesy of Flickr)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A cool, dry summer is still causing problems for Wisconsin farmers.

The National Ag Statistics Service says the Badger State has had below-normal temperatures for three straight weeks – and crops that were planted late need more heat.

A half-dozen tornadoes caused crop damage in northeast Wisconsin last week. Fond du Lac County had 1.75 inches of rain, but most of the state did not get much rain – if any.

44 percent of the topsoil on Wisconsin fields remains short or very short of moisture. Almost two-thirds of the subsoils have adequate moisture.

59 percent of the Badger State’s corn crop is in good to excellent condition, and 28 percent is fair. 60 percent of the soybeans are good to excellent, and 30 percent are fair.

Isolated rain showers are in the forecast Tuesday in northern Wisconsin. After they clear out, dry weather is predicted statewide at least through the weekend. The mercury might not hit 80 again until Friday.