Volume 60 Number 5 May 21 2015
This Week's Weather & Pests

Brisk, occasionally rainy weather continued for a second week, slowing crop emergence and development. Below-normal temperatures prevailed and another late-season frost occurred across northern Wisconsin, where overnight lows on May 19 fell to the lower 20s and 30s. Northeast winds around 10 mph kept high temperatures on Tuesday in the lower to mid-50s across the state. Unseasonably cool conditions persisted through mid-week before milder weather returned, allowing planting of the last acres of oats and potatoes to proceed between rain showers. After a period of rapid planting earlier this month, over 85% of this year's intended corn acres have been sown, 51 percentage points ahead of last year and 32 points ahead of the five-year average. Statewide, more than 41% of the corn crop has emerged. Soybean planting advanced 25 points during the previous week to 50% complete, the second highest percent by mid-May in more than 35 years.

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