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Harvesting at record pace despite increase in drought conditions

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers continue to harvest their crops at a record pace – but the drought continues to get worse, as 90 percent of farm fields are now short or very short of moisture.

The percentage of fields with adequate moisture dropped by 9 percent from the previous week. Madison’s precipitation is 9 inches below normal for the year, while La Crosse and Eau Claire are over 7 inches short.

36 percent of the state’s corn crop has been harvested – almost three times the normal for this date. A record 75 percent of the Wisconsin soybeans are harvested, 29 percent more than the previous record for the date set in 2010.

Most farmers report good yields for their soybeans, but pod-shatter is a problem due to the dryness. State farmers are also harvesting cranberries, and the potato harvest is wrapping up. 

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