Hot weather is normally great for growing corn in Wisconsin -- but not now.
The new drought that began in July has made almost 80-percent of the state's topsoil short-or-very short of moisture. Officials say the recent above-normal temperatures have only made matters worse. Crop reporters say more Wisconsin farmers are chopping their corn for animal feed, because it has not pollinated and it's drying up. Only 41-percent of the Wisconsin corn is rated good-to-excellent, and 30-percent is fair. Forty-two percent of soybeans are good-to-excellent, and 31-percent are fair. All but six-percent of the fields in west central Wisconsin are short-to-very short of moisture. That's where the U-S Drought Monitor reported a severe drought last week for the first time since the previous Midwest drought in 2012 and the first half of '13.