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Wet Summer Could Delay Fall Harvest

Wisconsin’s wet summer might delay part of the fall crop harvest. That’s according to observers around the state for the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service. For now, 87-percent of the statewide corn crop is in good to excellent shape along with 86-percent of the soybeans, and the general maturity of both crops remains ahead of normal. But there’s at least some concern that muddy fields and high plant moisture levels could delay fall fieldwork — and the wet conditions appear to be contributing to diseases and late season mold in soybeans. Twelve-to-14-percent of Wisconsin soils have surplus moisture, and officials say dry weather will be needed to complete the fall fieldwork in most places but southeast Wisconsin — which is still said to be in need of rain.

 

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