Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CST
Cloudy
Temperature
27°F
Dew Point
20°F
Humidity
74%
Wind
S at 5 mph
Barometer
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Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:27 a.m.
Sunset
04:20 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 28 to 24 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light from the south. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Friday
28°F / 24°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
33°F / 25°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
34°F / 29°F
Light Rain/Snow
Monday
35°F / 31°F
Light Rain/Snow
Tuesday
33°F / 29°F
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday
33°F / 21°F
Mostly Cloudy
Thursday
24°F / 14°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CST
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 28 to a low of 24 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 6 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will remain steady at 24 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 2 and 6 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will remain steady at 25 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 5 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 33 to a low of 25 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 9 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. 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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