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Cool, wet season continues to hurt part of state's corn crop

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Part of Wisconsin’s corn crop is really hurting due to the cool and wet season that got worse over the last four days, when heavy rains and floods hit.

Officials said only about half of last week’s weather was suitable for long-delayed field work.

Eight percent of the state’s corn crop has still not been planted – and some of the corn that’s in the ground may not survive. Only 84 percent of the crop had emerged as of last Sunday, at a time when much of the corn is normally at least a couple feet tall.

Only 7 of every 10 soybean crops have emerged, and 15 percent of the beans have not yet been planted.

Some farmers chose to round up as much hay as possible last week, so they can feed their cows. 61 percent of the state’s first hay crop is in, up from 36 percent a week ago.

Total precipitation for the year is now 11.75 inches above normal in Madison, and 10.5 inches above normal in Eau Claire.