Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
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Temperature
85°F
Dew Point
61°F
Humidity
45%
Wind
S at 9 mph
Barometer
29.98 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:20 a.m.
Sunset
08:42 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 80 to 84 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 11 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
84°F / 67°F
Sunny
Monday
80°F / 54°F
Rain
Tuesday
72°F / 50°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
71°F / 50°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
75°F / 53°F
Mostly Cloudy
Friday
82°F / 61°F
Scattered Showers
Saturday
84°F / 65°F
Scattered Showers
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 84 to a low of 67 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 7 and 13 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 81 to 67 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 7 and 12 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 67 to 69 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 13 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 80 to a low of 54 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 20 miles per hour from the northwest. 1.70 inches of rain are expected.

Rain a mixed blessing

for Arkansas cotton crop

July 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Recent rain has generally helped the Arkansas cotton crop, but the accompanying cloudy conditions may impact yield.

Tom Barber, extension cotton agronomist and associate professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said he's checked on-farm demonstration plots and the rain has fluffed up plants.

"The extended period of cloudy conditions and rain has brought new life to many of these fields," Barber said.

"However, this 'new life,' has not come without cost: We have shed many cotton flower buds and flowers as a result of the cloudy conditions and rainfall."

The flowers are important, as they form the cotton bolls.

Barber said he's been fielding calls from concerned producers.

Overall, the crop is in pretty good shape, Barber said.

Cotton growers are also facing problems with tarnished plant bugs and spider mites, with the plant bug numbers increasing sharply over the past couple of weeks.

In some places, the pests are two to three times above the threshold density that indicates farmers should apply pesticides.

All in all, this year's crop appears better than average, Barber said.

Before harvest, farmers have to defoliate the crop so the farm machinery picks cotton without intermingling leaves.

"We'll be defoliating in August," Barber said. "This will be the best cotton we've ever defoliated in August."

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