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Farmers behind schedule in corn harvesting

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers are behind schedule in harvesting a corn crop that's still not fully developed yet. 

New government figures show that 27 percent of the corn for grain has been harvested, down from the current normal of 35 percent. 

Only 79 percent of the crop is mature, less than the norm of 91 percent -- and it's still not fully dented. As a result, just 44 percent of the Wisconsin corn is rated good to excellent, and 29 percent fair. 

The development of soybeans is also a little behind schedule. Just over half the beans have been harvested. 43 percent are good to excellent, and 29 percent are fair. 

Yields vary widely for both the corn and the soybeans. 84 percent of the fourth crop of hay has been harvested. 

Observers say the recent weather has helped the crop get ready for winter. 

Most, if not all of Wisconsin has now had a killing frost. Topsoil moisture is now 67 percent adequate due to recent rains.  

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