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Frost last week kills some crops in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Last week's frost in Wisconsin killed at least some crops which never got a chance to fully grow. 

Officials said the frost damage ranged from superficial to killing, depending on their locations and maturity.  

Wisconsin did get some much needed rain, but it was too late to help some of the corn. 55 percent of topsoil and 69 percent of subsoil remains short to very short of moisture, although both percentages are improved from a week ago. 

36 percent of the corn for animal feed is harvested. Yields were said to be below normal, due to drought conditions in much of the state and a late planting. 

70 percent of Wisconsin soybeans are turning color. There are scattered reports of plants being used for silage if they're not producing beans. 

The year's third cutting of alfalfa is 95 percent finished, and the fourth cutting is 46 percent complete. Some areas are not expected to see a fourth crop. 

Temperatures are well above freezing Tuesday morning, ranging from 36 in Superior to 56 in Milwaukee. 

Clear and dry weather is expected statewide for at least the next three days. Highs Tuesday should be about 70, with a slight warm up Wednesday and Thursday.