Storms cause crop damage, halt field work

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Federal agriculture officials say the recent unrelenting storms caused widespread crop damage in Wisconsin and kept farmers out of their fields.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says 21 percent of the state's corn crop is in fair or poor condition. The crop report says there were less than two days that were suitable for field work across Wisconsin last week.

Strong wind and hail accompanying the storms damaged crops in Grant, Green and Dane counties. But, the biggest culprit was the persistent downpours that caused flooding, ponding and soil erosion.

University of Wisconsin Extension agent Kevin Jarek tells the Journal Sentinel the situation in Outagamie County is serious to very serious, depending on the location. In St. Croix County, observers say some crops drowned in 8 inches of rain last week.

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