UNDATED (WSAU) The corn fields look tall in Wisconsin, but the quality remains low as the drought continues. Officials say the average corn stalks are almost seven-feet tall – but 43-percent of the crop is in poor-to-very poor condition, same as a week ago. Just over a quarter of the corn is fair, leaving about 30-percent in good-to-excellent shape.
Soybeans are doing better. Officials say the beans really perked-up in areas that got rain last week. As a result, 67-percent of Wisconsin’s soybeans are in fair condition or better. Spider mites are a problem in Dane, Dodge, and Vernon counties.
The oat harvest is almost half finished, about 40-percent ahead of normal. Winter wheat is really a bright spot, with yields of between 55 bushels to over 100 per acre.
Spotty showers did provide a little help last week. Green Bay got almost three-and-a-third inches of rain, and La Crosse had a quarter inch. But drought-parched southern Wisconsin got nothing. And four of the state’s nine reporting districts say at least 95-percent of their fields are short or very short of moisture.