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GREEN BAY - Portions of northeastern Wisconsin are under a flash flood watch as more rain is forecast for this week.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for Brown County along with Kewaunee, Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Portage, Waupaca and Waushara counties through Wednesday morning.

The soil remains very saturated from previous rainfall, which might cause more flooding of streams and rivers, the National Weather Service said.

More rounds of heavy rain are forecast for Tuesday. 

Timm Uhlmann, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Green Bay, said he expects precipitation will return to average amounts for the rest of the year. However, he said, it is unlikely there will be a long dry period this year.

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Harvest delays

Fall has officially begun but with continuous rain and saturated soil, many are concerned harvests will be delayed.

Corn silage is at maturity in northeastern Wisconsin, but farmers will need to postpone its harvest until fields dry. Michael Ballweg, an agricultural agent of crops and soils at the UW-Madison Extension in Sheboygan County, said the silage will become less nutritious for cattle the longer harvest is delayed, and it will take longer for farmers to work the wet soil. 

The impact of this year's flooding may be seen on the fields for years, he said.

"If farmers are working and traveling on soil that is wet, it creates ruts, causes soil compaction and destroys the structure of the soil," Ballweg said. "It takes a couple of years for the soil to get back to the normal level of productivity."

Winter wheat and soybean crops will also be slowed by overly wet conditions, risking lower yields next year, Ballweg said.

But this autumn's warmer temperatures may make up for some time that farmers lost when wet spring weather delayed planting in many fields earlier this year.

"We're lucky that September has been warmer than normal. It allows us to catch up on growing degree days because it was wet early in the year," Ballweg said.

Contact Benita Mathew at (920) 309-3428 or bmathew@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter at @benita_mathew.

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