MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The recent hot spell caused some problems for Wisconsin farmers.
Fields dried up quickly, and some places had more weeds and insects.
About 56 percent of farm fields in the Badger State were either short or very short of moisture as of Sunday. It’s been dry throughout Wisconsin, and La Crosse had the most rain last week with just six-tenths-of-an-inch.
The state’s corn crop averages 11 inches. The quality varies due to the dry weather and earlier storm damage, but officials say 71 percent of the corn is still in good to excellent shape.
About two-thirds of the soybean crop is good to excellent, along with 68 percent of the oats.
92 percent of the season’s first hay crop is in. That’s about twice as much as normal for this time of year. But again, the quality varies greatly.