Volume 62 Number 18 August 31 2017
This Week's Weather & Pests

Cool, cloudy weather persisted in Wisconsin during the final week of August. Daytime high temperatures remained in the 70s, while nighttime lows cooled to the 40s and 50s. A storm system on August 28 produced isolated heavy showers of 2-4 inches over the central and southeast areas, though conditions were generally dry throughout the state. Following this month's ongoing cool weather pattern, corn and soybean maturity has fallen behind the 5-year average and condition ratings have declined. Overall, 69% of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition at the start of the week, two percentage points below last week and 18 points less than the same time last year. Soybean ratings decreased one percentage point to 73% good to excellent. The early-September forecast calls for a continu-ation of below-normal temperatures, but most of the state's crops will need more heat, additional moisture, and a late first autumn frost to reach maturity.

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