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Just 87% of Wisconsin's corn crop is planted

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The old saying is that the corn crop should be “knee high by the 4th of July” – but some of the Wisconsin crop is not even in the ground yet.

Federal officials said only 87 percent of the state’s corn was planted as of Sunday night. That’s 6 percent more than a week ago, but 13 points behind the average for the past five years.

A wet and cool spring continues to hurt Wisconsin growers.

In north central Wisconsin, officials say only 61 percent of the corn is planted – compared to around 95 percent for three southern districts.

Only 72 percent of the soybeans are planted statewide, down from the norm of 97 percent. Just over a-third of the year’s first hay crop is in, down from the normal of 71-percent.

Observers say farmers are in need of warmth and sunshine. Eau Claire is 100-degree days short of normal, while Green Bay is 22-degree days short.

Relatively cool temperatures are in the forecast until Friday, when temperatures in the south could hit the mid to upper 80’s.

The chances for more rain increase as the week goes on, starting on Wednesday night. Dry and cool weather is projected until then.