Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Clear
Temperature
60°F
Dew Point
57°F
Humidity
90%
Wind
NNW at 7 mph
Barometer
30.02 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:44 a.m.
Sunset
08:03 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 57 to 68 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 13 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Monday
71°F / 50°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
50°F / 47°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
75°F / 49°F
Light Rain
Thursday
78°F / 60°F
Light Rain
Friday
77°F / 55°F
Light Rain
Saturday
74°F / 49°F
Light Rain
Sunday
69°F / 49°F
Light Rain
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 71 to a low of 50 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 15 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 71 to 69 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 10 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 66 to 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 7 miles per hour from the east. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 53 to 50 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 6 miles per hour from the northeast. No precipitation is expected.
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 50 to a low of 47 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 7 and 16 miles per hour from the east. 0.86 inches of rain are expected.

Alfalfa and cold temperatures

Jan. 16, 2014 | 0 comments

MADISON –

Whenever temperatures plummet during the winter, concerns rise about the health of alfalfa fields.

According to Dr. Dan Undersander, that concern is legitimate. In a document released on Jan. 9 after a stretch of bitterly cold temperatures, the University of Wisconsin Extension forage agronomist said, certainly, an alfalfa plant will die if exposed to cold enough temperatures.

However, the data indicates Wisconsin’s recent breathtakingly-cold spell will cause little to no injury or death of alfalfa.

Undersander explained that alfalfa generally survives winter and its periodic cold spells because it is hardy to temperatures of 10 to 15 degrees F. “This is the temperature of the crown, not the top growth,” he noted.

In addition, as little as four inches of loose snow will insulate the crown against up to 16 degrees F of air temperature. The crown is also insulated by the soil. Therefore, Undersander said, the critical temperature reading is two to four inches below the soil surface.

On Jan. 8, after the cold spell, the soil temperature of bare ground at four inches was in the single digits above 0 degrees F for all of the Midwest. The temperature was higher than the air temperature because of the insulating ability of the soil, Undersander noted.

However, soil temperatures at two to four inches under four or more inches of snow were generally 28 to 30 degrees F, he said. That’s well above the temperatures likely to cause injury to alfalfa.

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