Wautoma, WI
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0:56 AM CDT
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Temperatures will range from 55 to 50 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will be light from the southeast. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
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Monday
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Detailed Short Term Forecast
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Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 55 to a low of 50 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 2 miles per hour from the southeast. 0.19 inches of rain are expected.
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Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 55 to 50 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will be light from the southeast. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 60 to a low of 39 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 13 miles per hour from the northwest. 0.47 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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