Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Cloudy
Temperature
58°F
Dew Point
37°F
Humidity
45%
Wind
SSE at 9 mph
Barometer
30.27 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:20 a.m.
Sunset
06:02 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 48 to 55 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Wednesday
55°F / 40°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
49°F / 43°F
Light Rain
Friday
65°F / 43°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
56°F / 36°F
Sunny
Sunday
55°F / 36°F
Light Rain
Monday
64°F / 45°F
Light Rain
Tuesday
56°F / 35°F
Scattered Showers
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 55 to a low of 40 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 7 and 11 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 47 to 40 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 40 to 43 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 8 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 49 to a low of 43 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 10 miles per hour from the south. 0.36 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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