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Rain slows many Wisconsin farmers anxious to plant

Weather continues to slow down planting progress for many Wisconsin farmers.  USDA statistician Greg Busler says only 3.2 days were suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday, and  the rains benefited small grains and grasses but held back field activities like tillage, planting, and fertilizer applications for many, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state.

Nineteen percent of Wisconsin fields now have excess topsoil moisture, with 71% rated adequate and only 10% short on moisture.  Subsoil levels are rated 12% surplus, 75% adequate, and 13% short.

Both corn and soybean planting efforts are 22% complete.  Oat planting is 54% finished.  Seventy-seven percent of the potato acreage has been planted, which is about 12 days ahead of average, and some of the potato plants have emerged.  

Spring tillage is 60% finished, which is about 6 days ahead of average.

The first all hay condition report for the year shows 74% of the hay is in good to excellent condition.

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