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Wisconsin crops doing well, but rain is delaying some planting

Heavy rains throughout Wisconsin kept farmers out of the fields most of last week. 

USDA Statistician Greg Bussler says only two and a half days were suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.  He says the farmers that could get out in the fields were planting, tilling, and cutting first crop hay.

Topsoil moisture levels are now rated 35% surplus and 61% adequate, with only 4% of the fields being short of moisture.  Subsoil levels are similar with 25% surplus and 70% adequate levels.

Corn planting is only 78% completed as Friday’s crop insurance deadline approaches.  Corn emergence is at 48%

Seventy-four percent of the state’s soybeans are planted, which is four days ahead of average.  Forty-four percent of the beans have emerged.

Eigty-nine percent of the oats are planted, and 67% of them have emerged.

Potato planting is now 94% finished, which is a full week ahead of average.  Eighty-seven percent of the potato plants are in good to excellent condition.

The all hay condition improved five percent with 80% of the hay now rated good to excellent.  Pasture and range condition is also better this week, with 67% of the pastures now rated good to excellent.

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