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Nearly 1/4 of Wisconsin's corn crop harvested


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Almost a quarter of Wisconsin’s corn crop has been harvested.

That’s up from 12 percent a week ago, and 7 percent over the past five years.

38 percent of the corn is in poor to very poor condition due to this year’s drought. Almost 30 percent is in good condition, and 7 percent is rated excellent. Just over a quarter of the state’s corn is said to be fair.

Wisconsin soybeans continue to do better, as 42 percent of that crop is in – up from 14 percent a week ago and the five-year norm of 8 percent. Three-fourths of the soybeans are rated fair to excellent.

Wisconsin’s pastures are still not doing well because of the dry weather. 73 percent of pasture land is rated poor to very poor.

Nationally, only 55 percent of pastures and rangelands are in poor shape.

Corn and soybean harvests are much faster than normal throughout the country – and the emergence of winter wheat is slow, due to dry soils in some places.