Volume 63 Number 4 May 24 2018
This Week's Weather & Pests

Cloudy, occasional rainy weather continued for a second week. Daytime highs ranged from the 60s to 70s for most of the state, while overnight lows were generally in the 40s and 50s. Scattered showers and storms produced light to moderate rain over southern Wisconsin, before drier, warmer conditions returned mid-week. According to the USDA NASS, corn, soybean and oats planting progress increased by double digits and about 56% of the state's corn had been planted at the start of the week, a significant advancement over the 30% in the ground last week. Full-scale soybean planting began across the southern and central counties, and 33% of this year's expected acreage has now been sown, six points ahead of 2017 but two points behind the 5-year average. An influx of heat, with afternoon highs approaching 90F in some areas, is expected to improve conditions for planting, crop emergence, and harvesting of the first alfalfa crop across the state.


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