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Growing season off to an early start

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Agriculture experts say the growing season in Wisconsin is off to a great start, all thanks to the recent rain in the area.

Buffalo County saw about 1-2 inches over the last few days. La Crosse County saw a little less than half an inch.

UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Carl Duley said early rainfall plays a huge factor in the success of a growing season. Corn crops especially need the extra moisture. 

"We really needed it because the corn was just put in. A lot of the ground was pretty dry, that was worked especially. Our no-till ground had a fair amount of moisture but now throughout July and August critical timely rains are absolutely necessary," Duley said. 

Duley said several parts in the state got hit with a late frost, but it doesn't seem to have affected most crops. Grapes, however, took a hit. 


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"The growing season is so dependent on rain," he said, "We are off to a fairly good start, a pretty early start. Our first crop hay was pretty much an amazing crop. With these rains our second crop should be good."

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