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More rain delays planting in Wisconsin

Rainy weather is keeping planters out of Wisconsin fields.

Mark Hoffmann raises corn and soybeans near Whitewater, in the southeastern part of the state.  He tells Brownfield he was able to plant some soybeans Monday, but the Tuesday rains brought everything to a stop. “If we get some sun and wind, we could probably dry out in three days.”

Hoffmann is wishing he could have put more seed in the ground before the wet weather began, as his early-planted corn looks good. “I actually started corn on the 24th (April), and that’s out of the ground right now, so I mean, that stuff is doing good, but then, we sat for about a week after that one, but all we’ve been able to do was pretty much get on the high ground, the sandy ground.”

In northern Wisconsin, Ben Augustine from Sheldon says he’s waiting for his cool and wet clay ground to dry out before planting corn and soybeans, but he has finished some alfalfa seeding. “Yeah, I’m just cruising down the road here and there’s still water sitting in fields yet.”

Much of Wisconsin still has a chance of rain yet this week, meaning many farmers will have to hope for better field conditions next week to plant.

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