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Corn harvest behind schedule

A corn stalk is seen under the noon sun at Sunburst Dairy, as owner Brian Brown hired workers from Doerfer Bros Inc. to harvest the corn at
A corn stalk is seen under the noon sun at Sunburst Dairy, as owner Brian Brown hired workers from Doerfer Bros Inc. to harvest the corn at

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin's corn harvest remains behind the national average going into Thanksgiving Week. The U-S-D-A said 82-percent of the state's corn is in, 8-percent more than a week ago.

Some of the crop had high moisture throughout the fall, and farmers were waiting for drier weather to harvest it. Many couldn't wait anymore after the cold-and-snow moved in.

Wisconsin farmers didn't have a corn moisture problem last year, due to a long drought. 100-percent of the state's crop was harvested by this time in 2012. The average for the previous five years is 87-percent, and Wisconsin farmers are 5-percent behind that.

Nationally, 95-percent of the corn is harvested, four points higher than a week ago. The five-year national average is at 91-percent. This is the final weekly crop report of the year. The U-S-D-A will issue its final corn-and-soybean production estimates for 2013 in January.

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