Morning State News Roundup: Farmers itching to get crops in the ground
With more rain in the forecast for tomorrow, Wisconsin farmers are trying to get more of their crops in the ground.
Last week's rain-and-snow kept the tractors in the sheds, as farmers got further behind on their spring planting. Four-percent of the state's corn was planted between the raindrops and snowflakes last week. Twenty-six percent is normally in the ground by now. Eighteen-percent of Wisconsin oats have been planted, up from five-percent a week ago. Normally, 62-percent of the oats are in by now. Alfalfa is coming out of dormancy, and more winter-kill is being seen. Sheboygan County estimates that 60-percent of its alfalfa is lost, along with 25-percent of its winter wheat. Brown and Rock counties also report significant damage. A number of counties are waiting for things to green up before assessing the damage. Spring field work is 12-percent finished, up from four-percent the previous week. Most soil moisture is rated adequate. Twenty-eight percent of the state's topsoil has surplus moisture, along with 11-percent of subsoil. Another sunny and mild day is in store, with highs mostly in the 70's.
A cold front is due in tomorrow, a chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day. Rain chances diminish on Thursday and Friday, with highs cooling down to the 50's-and-60's.
A northern Wisconsin woman has won a national contest to come up with the next great potato chip. Karen Weber-Mendham of Land O'Lakes won a million dollars last night in the "Do Us a Flavor" contest put on since last summer by Lay's Potato Chips. She created a Cheesy Garlic Bread chip that was one of three finalists chosen from around three-point-eight million entries. Weber-Mendham's chip then beat out Chicken-and-Waffles and Sriracha in an online vote. Actress Eva Longoria presented the prize during a ceremony last night. Before she won, Weber-Mendham told WSAW-TV in Wausau that she'd use the money to help her three children go to college - and she might get a used car and shoes. In her words, "I'm too middle class to go really crazy."
Amanda Berry - who turned up in Cleveland yesterday after being missing for 10 years - was once thought to have been found dead in Fond du Lac County. Deer hunters found a woman's body partially submerged in a frozen creek in November of 2008. The Cleveland Plain Dealer said the body appeared to have similarities to Berry, but DNA tests turned up negative a year later. Yesterday, Berry made a frantic 911 call, saying she had been kidnapped and missing for 10 years but she's free now. Police later found Berry and two other women who had been held, and they arrested three brothers. More information is expected at a news conference today. Berry vanished while walking home from work in Cleveland in April of 2003, just before she turned 17. As for the missing Fond du Lac County woman, deputies investigated a number of leads - but they could never identify her or determine how she died. She was named "Jane Doe," and was buried in a formal ceremony in Waupun in December of 2011.