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Corn benefiting from wet weather

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Excessive rainfall early this spring put corn planting on hold. But looking at the fields now, it's hard to tell.

“It's progressed along quite well from our cool, wet spring that we saw come in that delayed a little bit our planting season,” said Steve Huntzicker, La Crosse County UW- Extension Agriculture Agent. “But overall as our months have progressed here, we've really seen the corn crop flourish and grow quite rapidly.”

Since April 1st, La Crosse has received five more inches of rainfall than normal. Huntzicker said while a few areas have been stunted because of standing water, the rain has been a benefit to most corn growers.

“We've seen a continuation of moisture,” said Huntzicker, “we haven't hit too many spells where we had real dry weather so that's kept it growing pretty rapidly.”

Temperatures have also been slightly cooler than average. But it hasn't been extreme enough to cause any real setbacks. It has, however, helped keep the insect pest population down.

“Certainly with our warmer temperatures that's when we're going to get most of our insect pests to start to come around,” said Huntzicker. “So to not have anything  major, outbreaks of major pests at this point is probably a good sign.”

The next couple months are crucial for corn pollination and development. And if the weather stays like it's been this summer, the corn crop should have a pretty good chance.

“Overall there's a good crop out there,” said Huntzicker. “It's really just going to depend on how things come to harvest in the next few months and how that corn develops.”

But Huntzicker said the best case scenario would be for it to warm up a bit.

“We're not accumulating as many growing degree days right now,” said Huntzicker, “which we certainly will need to get that crop developed.”

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