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Crops struggle with lack of heat and rain

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

The cold and dry conditions have taken a toll on corn and soybean crops in Wisconsin.  

The state has recently had several weeks of below average temperatures and little rain.

The USDA's report says that on average soil moisture is 59 percent short this year.

But farm officials say that's still better than last year when Wisconsin was in a drought.

Farmers say their corn crops are definitely stressed by the lack of heat and moisture.

"We had that good week of hot weather in July and all of a sudden the moisture stopped coming and it dried up and it got cold and things shut down, it's not looking really good right now," said Farmer James Juedes.

"Two years back to back that have been horrible,truthfully speaking they've been horrible, you know when mother nature gives you lemons make lemonade," said Marathon County Extension Office Dairy Agent, Heather Schlesser.

Farm officials say most farmers started planting corn in May. They expect the harvest to be around the end of September.

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