Volume 63 Number 17 August 30 2018
This Week's Weather & Pests

As the end of summer arrived, Wisconsin experienced historic wet weather. Early-week storms soaked much of the state, producing flooding in the southwest, central and eastern areas, and damaging maturing summer crops. Rainfall was heaviest in La Crosse, Vernon and Monroe counties, where 5 to 11 inches fell overnight on August 27-28. Locally heavy showers also drenched the southeast region with 3 to 6 inches of rain in areas north of Milwaukee. The storms largely bypassed Dane County, still recovering from last week's flooding. Rain persisted through August 29, when a pronounced change in the weather pattern brought dry and markedly cooler fall weather. Following this month's damaging storms and flooding, crop condition ratings have declined slightly. Overall, 73% of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition at the start of the week, two percentage points below last week but four points higher than the same time last year.

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