Wisconsin farmers race to complete fieldwork


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.

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