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Field conditions vary widely in one Wisconsin county

An Extension agent says field conditions go from one extreme to the other in his county. Ken Schroeder tells Brownfield, “Standing water, there’s weeds, there’s fields that have come up uneven, and just a lot of fields that have’t been planted for that matter.”

Schroeder serves Portage County, Wisconsin and tells Brownfield there’s sand east of the Wisconsin River, and heavy clay west of the river leading to different challenges. “With these heavy rains that we’re getting, about 2-3 inches at at crack, we’re washing a lot of things out of the root zone and so we’ve got challenges over there. On the west side of the river where we’ve got the heavier soils, we’ve got water standing everywhere.”

Schroeder says there are a lot of prevent plant acres west of the river, and even the fields with drain tile are too wet. 

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