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More than 1/3 of state farm fields short of moisture

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It seems hard to believe – but over a-third of Wisconsin farm fields are short of moisture, just a month after heavy rains pounded virtually all of the Badger State.

The latest federal crop update shows that 5 percent of Wisconsin fields were very short on moisture, at the end of a week-long heat wave which climaxed with relatively little rain activity. Only 4 percent of Wisconsin farm fields have surplus moisture, and 56 percent are rated adequate.

Meanwhile, the state’s corn crop continues to make up for lost time. It averages 58 inches, nine below the average for the past five years. 62 percent of the corn is good to excellent, and 26 percent is rated fair.

31 percent of Wisconsin soybeans are blooming, 14 percent below the norm. 91 percent of the beans are good to excellent, despite stress from the recent heat and the relative lack of rain.