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Despite heavy rains, Wisconsin crops nearly back on schedule

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin crops are almost back on schedule, despite heavy rains ten days ago which brought field work to a halt.

A number of farmers reported erosion damage from downpours of up to 3.75 inches. But the tractors started rolling again by the middle of last week.

As of Sunday, 92 percent of the Wisconsin corn crop was planted -- and three-fourths of it is now growing. Those numbers are slightly behind the averages for the past five years, but not by much.

Despite the weather delays, 81 percent of the state's corn is rated good or excellent.

82 percent of the soybean crop is in the ground, just one percent behind the norm -- and four of every five beans are in good to excellent shape.

Also, Wisconsin farmers report strong yields and good feed value for the hay they're producing. Almost half of the first crop has been cut, way up from 27 percent a week ago. More importantly, 88 percent of the hay is good to excellent.

Mild weather is expected for most of the week, with highs in the 70's and a chance of rain in different areas Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)