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Wisconsin planting, tillage continues as first hay readies

Most of Wisconsin was able to make good progress with tillage and planting last week, but some areas were too wet.

USDA statistician Greg Busler says 5.2 days were suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday, with tillage and planting continuing and some farmers cutting first crop hay.

Corn planting is now 66% finished with 23% of the corn now emerging.  That’s two days ahead of last year and the five year average.

Soybean planting is 57% complete with 21% of the beans emerging.  That’s four days ahead of average. 

Eighty-one percent of Wisconsin’s oats have been planted, and 56% of them have emerged.  Seventy-one percent of the oats are rated good to excellent.

Eighty-two percent of the potato crop is planted, and five percent of winter wheat has headed.  The crops are rated 87 and 86 percent good to excellent, respectively.

Wisconsin farmers are just getting started on first crop alfalfa hay, with eight percent of the crop now harvested.  That’s five days ahead of average.  The all-hay condition improved last week, with 75% of the crop now listed as good to excellent.

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