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Drought, late planting takes toll on corn crop

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The majority of Wisconsin's corn crop is in fair to very poor condition due to this summer's drought and a late start to planting this season.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says nearly 60% of corn falls into that category, while 28% is rated poor or very poor. On the other end of the spectrum, ten percent is rated excellent.

La Crosse got just 2.4 inches of rain between July 1 and Sept. 10 - the driest on record for that period.

The Journal Sentinel says earlier this summer, flooding ruined some of the state's soybean crop and delayed planting. Then came drought conditions to complicate things in some counties. This week's agriculture report says 59% of Wisconsin's soybean crop is fair to very poor.

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