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Wisconsin crops doing well despite heavy rain

Heavy rainfall continued to challenge Wisconsin farmers last week.  USDA statistician Greg Busler says in the week ending Sunday, only 2.3 days were suitable for fieldwork, and much of that was accomplished early in the week.

Soil moisture levels are high, with 53% of cropland having adequate moisture and 47% surplus moisture.  Subsoil levels are reported at 62% adequate and 38% surplus.  No areas in Wisconsin are reporting a shortage of moisture.

Corn planting is 96% complete with 89% of the crop emerged, which is three days behind the five-year average.  Sixty-five percent of the corn is rated good to excellent, four points lower than a week ago.

Soybean planting is 97% finished with 90% of the beans emerged.  That’s behind last year but a day ahead of average.  Sixty-four percent of the soybeans are rated good to excellent, which is three percent down from last week.

Ninety-three percent of the state’s oats have emerged and 56% of the crop has headed.  The overall condition is down 4% from last week, with 79% reported as good to excellent.

Ninety-seven percent of Wisconsin’s Winter wheat has now headed with coloring at 35%. Eighty-six percent of the wheat is in good to excellent condition, which is two points higher than last week.

Ninety-three percent of Wisconsin’s potatoes are in good to excellent condition.

Pasture and range conditions are not as good, with just 68% in good to excellent condition.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay is 83% finished, which is six days behind the five-year average.  The all-hay condition is 66% good to excellent.  Some farmers have begun cutting second-crop hay, with much of that activity happening in the southwestern and south-central regions.

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