Volume 61 Number 12 July 21 2016
This Week's Weather & Pests

Sunny, warm weather maintained nearly ideal conditions for growth of summer crops across Wisconsin. Sunday morning showers dampened the state with 0.1 to one inch of rainfall, and isolated thunderstorms on Wednesday brought a second round of rain to portions of the western and central regions. Moderate summer humidity and near- to above-normal temperatures accelerated development of field, fruit and vegetable crops, now in the mid-reproductive stages. Corn silking advanced 29 percentage points to 33% complete during the period ending July 17, four days ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Soybean blooming progress advanced 25 percentage points, and 70% of this year's soybean crop is at or beyond the flowering stage, 11 days ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of the average. Alfalfa and winter wheat harvesting also resumed following recent rain delays, and 89% of both crops are rated in the good to excellent categories.

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