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Recent rains have helped out farmers in dry parts of Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Water-logged Wisconsin farmers got some good news Thursday morning.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said the far western part of the state is no longer in a moderate drought -- and only five percent of the state's land area is abnormally dry, down from 18 percent just a week ago.  

The driest areas remain along a line from Hudson to Whitehall.  

In general, the new map shows that the rains from the past few days are finally soaking into the ground -- and when it finally gets drier, farmers won't have to deal with rock hard field conditions to get ready for crop planting.  

For now, farmers remain behind on their work. We learned this week that only one percent of the Wisconsin corn crop is in the ground -- down from the five-year norm of 10 percent.  

Field tillage was only nine percent done, down from the norm of 33 percent.  

The rain that we've pretty much seen all week will continue at least through Thursday night. Forecasters say we'll have a chance of rain Friday and Saturday, before the entire state finally gets a break on Sunday.  

It's also supposed to be a bit warmer this weekend, with highs rising from the 40's Thursday to near 60 in some areas on Sunday.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)