More planters are rolling in Wisconsin

Good weather for most of last week and slightly drier soil allowed many Wisconsin farmers to get the planters rolling, even with many overnight temperatures below freezing. 

The USDA says topsoil was rated 80% adequate and 16% surplus last week, with the subsoil rated at 79% adequate and 19% surplus.  No part of Wisconsin received more than three-quarters of an inch of rain last week.

Spring tillage is 34% complete, or around five days ahead of the five-day average and twelve days ahead of last year.  Corn planting is 11% finished.  Soybeans are 2% planted, and oats are 37% planted… all ahead of last year and the five-year average.  Potato planting is 31% finished.

Fifty-nine percent of Wisconsin’s winter wheat is in either good or excellent condition.

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