Rock County crops doing OK despite rain, official says
JANESVILLE — Rock County crops have handled the wet conditions “much better” than other areas of the state, said Jim Stute, Rock County UW Extension crops and soils agent.
Potential damage from recent rains is site-specific and isolated to the low-lying areas, he said.
“If it quits raining, we'll be all right,” he said. “If we get more, there will be losses.”
When corn or soybeans are submerged in standing water for 72 hours or more, they reach the point of no return, he said.
Corn and soybean growth is behind on the calendar, but the crops look average in the field, “if not a little above average,” Stute said.
“I'm actually surprised by the growth stage on the corn for the lateness of the planting, so that's good,” he said.
Janesville farmer Doug Rebout measured the corn in one of his fields at 4.5 to 5 feet. While some of his fields have standing water, most are doing great, he said.
“Unless we get a huge downpour, I think we'll be sitting real good,” he said.