Volume 60 Number 11 July 02 2015
This Week's Weather & Pests

A cooler weather pattern with below-normal temperatures lingered during the last days of June. Early-week showers maintained adequate to abundant soil moisture for summer crop growth, while drier weather returned for the second half of the week. Strong to severe isolated storms on June 29 produced large hail and heavy rain that damaged crops and caused localized rural flooding in southern and western Wisconsin. Most crops affected by the storms are expected to recover, but saturated soils and the large acreage of fields left with standing water have increased concerns over nitrogen loss and whether enough fertilizer remains in the soil to supply the corn crop. Reports from the USDA NASS continue to depict very favorable crop condition ratings, though an extended period of warmer, drier weather will be critical as crops advance through reproduction.

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