Prevent plant looking more likely for northern Wisconsin farmer

A dairy and crop farmer in northern Wisconsin says he will likely have a lot of prevent plant acres this year. Ben Augustine says, “There’s a number of fields in my area that just ain’t planted yet.”

Augustine grows corn and soybeans in heavy clay ground, and milks about 1,000 cows near Sheldon.  He says it’s muddy now, and the forecast calls for up to nine more inches of rain in the next week. “There’s a little over 800 acres planted and I’ve got 11-hundred acres sitting. It’s not looking like I’m going to do them. It’s just too wet, too much rain in the forecast. By the time it drys out, it’s going to get too late.”

Augustine is feeling fortunate because he there should be enough feed for the herd outside of buying some soy protein. “I got my corn silage in, so that’s all good. I think I’ve got enough acres of grain corn planted and we’ll have some carry-over corn from last year, enough to feed the cows.”

Augustine says 2024 so far reminds him of early 2013, and the corn he did get planted is showing some stress from the water.  He says the first-crop hay was finished last week, but the fields were so soft, there are several ruts in the alfalfa.

Augustine says ditches, streams, and nearby rivers all have more water than usual.

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