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Wisconsin farmers need more rain

A damaged corn crop in Harvey County, in central Kansas August 7, 2012. Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest cr
A damaged corn crop in Harvey County, in central Kansas August 7, 2012. Rain and cooler temperatures in the drought-stricken U.S. Midwest cr

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin farmers continue to struggle from a lack of rain. The National Ag Statistics Service says the average soil moisture in Wisconsin was 59-percent short as of Sunday. That’s just three-percent better than a year ago, when the state was going through its worst drought in decades.

Officials said corn and soybeans are showing stress from a lack of moisture, especially in northern parts of the Badger State. Precipitation totals last week ranged from one-hundredth-of-an-inch in Green Bay, to almost 1.2-inches in Milwaukee.

84-percent of the Wisconsin corn crop remains fair-to-excellent. The same is true for 86-percent of the soybeans. 71-percent of Wisconsin pastures remain fair-to-excellent, despite the lack of rain.

The National Weather Service says there’s only a slight chance of rain in the forecast for tonight, and that’s in northwest Wisconsin. Another front is due to move through tomorrow, with a chance of thunderstorms during the day and rain likely tomorrow night and into Thursday. It’s supposed to be warmer the next couple days as well, with highs today in the mid-to-upper-80’s. Parts of the state could reach the low-90’s tomorrow, with a slight cool-down expected on Thursday.

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