Most Wisconsin crops emerged, doing well

Nearly all of Wisconsin’s planting is complete and most of the first-crop hay has been harvested.

USDA reporters say corn planting is 93% finished with 84% of the crop emerged.  Sixty-nine percent of the corn is in good to excellent condition.

Soybean planting is 93% complete with 83% of the soybeans emerged.  Sixty-seven percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition, which is a 6% drop from last week.

Wisconsin farmers have nearly all of their oats planted, and emergence is 90% complete.  The condition of the crop improved last week to 83% rated good to excellent.

Winter wheat is now 92% headed and coloring is 13% finished.  The condition dropped 2% to 84% rated good to excellent.

Wisconsin potatoes are looking better, with 93% now rated good to excellent.

Pasture and range condition dipped 3% to just 72% rated good to excellent.

Just 4.2 days were suitable for field work last week.  Statistician Greg Bussler says 40% of Wisconsin’s topsoil has surplus moisture and 60% has adequate moisture, while subsoil levels are at 29% surplus and 70% adequate.

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