MADISON, Wis. -

The recent dry spell, along with up-and-down temperatures this summer, are stressing Wisconsin crops.

While things are much better than they were last year, corn yields will be reduced.

"Definitely this lack of water is going to reduce some yield and with the late planting and a lot of fields not getting planted at all, is not ideal," said Heidi Johnson, Dane County UW Extension agent.

Agriculture experts said we need a good inch or so of rain to help saturate soil.

“The more rain you get in a quick amount of time, it just moves through the soil and the crop can’t capture it that quickly,” said Johnson.  “You want more rain, more regular, rather than a big dose at one time.”

Right now is also a crucial time for soybeans.

The latest drought monitor report comes out Thursday.