Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:29 AM CDT
Rain
Temperature
61°F
Dew Point
61°F
Humidity
100%
Wind
CM at 0 mph
Barometer
30.12 in. F
Visibility
3.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:15 a.m.
Sunset
07:40 p.m.
Evening Forecast (7:00pm-Midnight)
Temperatures will range from 64 to 61 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 10 miles per hour from the east. Expect rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch.
7-Day Forecast
Friday
64°F / 61°F
Light Rain
Saturday
74°F / 60°F
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday
79°F / 60°F
Partly Cloudy
Monday
87°F / 65°F
Sunny
Tuesday
88°F / 69°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
87°F / 69°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
87°F / 69°F
Sunny
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:29 AM CDT
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 64 to a low of 61 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 12 miles per hour from the eastnortheast. 0.85 inches of rain are expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 61 to 63 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 12 miles per hour from the northeast. Expect rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch.
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 74 to a low of 60 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 11 miles per hour from the east. No precipitation is 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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