Wisconsin farmers race to complete fieldwork
Last week started wet, but then Wisconsin farmers made a lot of progress in the fields. USDA reporters say nearly five days were suitable for fieldwork before Sunday and most farmers were rolling with manure application, tillage, and a lot of planting, even though there is a chance of frost in the forecast Friday.
Wisconsin corn planting is now 33% finished, five days ahead of average, and sixteen days ahead of last year. Southwestern farmers are ahead of the state average with 56% of corn already in the ground. Fourteen percent of the state’s soybeans are planted, which is a week ahead of average and fifteen days ahead of last year. Central Wisconsin farmers are ahead of the average, with 26% of the planting done.
Fifty-six percent of the state’s oats are planted. Fifty-nine percent of potatoes are in the ground, and 65% of winter wheat is rated good to excellent.
Topsoil moistures are rated 79% adequate and 15% surplus. Subsoil moisture is 79% adequate and 19% surplus.