MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Many Wisconsin farms are getting much-needed moisture after the recent soaking rains.
Officials say only 21 percent of farm fields are very short of moisture, down from 41 percent a week ago. And another 34 percent of fields are in the “short” category – down from 38 percent last week.
The National Ag Statistics Service said the rain slowed down the harvest and seasonal field work in much of the state. But it helped the hay, trees, and crops which are planted in the fall.
Two-thirds of Wisconsin’s corn crop has been harvested, twice the norm for this date. 94 percent of soybeans have been harvested, up from 62 percent over the past five years. Wisconsin’s mid-section received the heaviest rains last week, ranging from two inches in Vernon County to 6 inches in Waushara County.
But more moisture is needed to alleviate the state’s intense drought conditions.
Green Bay is still two-and-two-thirds inches short of its normal precipitation for the year, and Madison is 6.5 inches drier than normal.
The U.S. Drought Monitor said last week that the Door County peninsula was the only part of Wisconsin that was not abnormally dry or worse.
Parts of western Wisconsin picked up a little more rain Monday. Rockville in Grant County had the most, with almost six-tenths-of-an-inch.
There’s another chance of rain Tuesday throughout Wisconsin, with highs in the 50’s and 60’s.