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Corn crop improves with late-summer rain

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin's major farm crops are in better shape, thanks to a heavy dose of much-needed rain. Officials say 71-percent of the state's corn is in good-to-excellent condition, along with 72-percent of the soybean crop. Both figures were in the 60's for most of the summer.

Chippewa County had five-and-a-half inches of rain last week. Buffalo County had five inches, Portage County four, and Vernon County three. Much of it soaked into the ground.

78-percent of Wisconsin farm fields now have adequate top-soil moisture, and 11-percent have a surplus. That's quite a contrast from mid-August, when 45-percent of the state's fields were short or very-short of moisture.

The corn and soybean crops are both maturing at rates slightly behind the averages for the past five years. The oat harvest is behind, at 73-percent. All but five-percent of that crop should be in by now.