Volume 59 Number 17 August 28 2014
This Week's Weather & Pests

Heat and humidity yielded to cooler conditions across Wisconsin during the last days of August. Afternoon high temperatures climbed to the 80s and low 90s early in the week before moderating into the 70s on Wednesday. Periodic showers and storms continued throughout the state. Rainfall amounts were most significant in the northwest where locally heavy downpours of 1-3 inches occurred on August 25. The rain alleviated soil moisture deficits that began in July and improved yield prospects for corn, soybeans and other summer crops. According to the USDA NASS, topsoil moisture ratings are now adequate or surplus for more than 82% of crop lands, a dramatic recovery from only 55% two weeks ago when supplies had declined to the lowest level of the summer. Although crop conditions have improved with the beneficial rain of late August, considerable heat will be needed in September to accelerate crops toward maturity after a cooler-than-normal growing season.

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