Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Clear
Temperature
53°F
Dew Point
33°F
Humidity
46%
Wind
SE at 9 mph
Barometer
29.99 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:39 a.m.
Sunset
07:23 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 29 to 56 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 16 miles per hour from the east. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Wednesday
67°F / 29°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
64°F / 32°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
44°F / 27°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
51°F / 27°F
Partly Cloudy
Sunday
45°F / 27°F
Cloudy
Monday
55°F / 35°F
Light Rain
Tuesday
60°F / 27°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 67 to a low of 29 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 22 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 60 to 67 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 16 and 22 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 64 to 57 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 9 and 21 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 57 to 50 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 22 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 64 to a low of 32 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 15 miles per hour from the northnorthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.

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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