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Crops continue to grow despite unseasonably wet weather

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News) Most of Wisconsin's corn and soybean crops are making it through the rainy season quite nicely. 80-percent of the state's corn is rated good-to-excellent, along with 77-percent of the soybeans. However, almost daily thunderstorms over the past week has made fields too soggy to hold farm equipment in a number of counties -- and rain ponds are not helping, either.

Eau Claire's total rainfall is 5.8-inches above normal since June first. Madison is 3.5-inches above normal -- and La Crosse and Milwaukee have around two more inches of rain than the norm. Officials say nitrogen deficiency is starting to show up in some of the corn fields. 37-percent of Wisconsin topsoil has excess moisture, and the rest are adequate.

Almost 90-percent of the state's first hay crop is in, along with 9-percent of second-crop alfalfa.