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Another wet week for much of Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s wet weather continues to hinder progress in the fields.

USDA statistician Greg Busler says there were only 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday, and topsoil moisture levels are rated 48% adequate and 52% surplus, with similar subsoil levels. Most of last week’s rainfall was in northern and eastern Wisconsin, with an additional band of heavy showers between Madison and Milwaukee.

Ninety-four percent of Wisconsin’s corn has emerged with 61% of the crop rated good to excellent, down 4% from a week ago.

Ninety-six percent of the soybeans have emerged and 11% are blooming. Fifty-seven percent of the crop is rated good to excellent, but that’s 7% lower than a week ago.

Oat emergence is 98% complete, and 75% of the oats have headed with 17% of the crop coloring. The oat crop is slightly better this week with 80% of the fields rated good to excellent.

Winter wheat coloring is 61% complete, but the crop condition dropped three points to 83% good to excellent.

Eighty-eight percent of the potato crop is rated good to excellent, but that’s 5% less than a week ago.

The first cutting of alfalfa is 90% finished, and second crop cutting is now 22% finished. Farmers in the southwestern, northeast, and west-central parts of the state are making the most progress on second crop hay. The all-hay condition improved 1% with 67% rated good to excellent. Pasture and range conditions also improved with 71% of them rated good to excellent.

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