Winter just won’t give-up in Wisconsin

About the only thing found in Wisconsin fields last week was more snow. That late winter storm last Tuesday dumped 8.5 inches of snow on the ridges around La Crosse, 5 inches in Waupaca County, 6 inches in Fond du Lac County, 5 inches in Sauk County Total precipitation last week ranged from .69 inches in Eau Claire to 1.58 inches in Madison. Soil moisture across the state is listed 54 percent adequate and 45 percent surplus. Temperatures last week were 5 to 8 degrees below normal as we are getting further and further behind on growing degree days.

The National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office reports a little bit of oats planted, mostly in the Southwest District. As a whole, the state oats crop is 12 percent planted compared to 46 percent normally in the ground by this date. A year ago we had 78 percent of the oats planted.

So-far-so-good for the alfalfa and winter wheat crop, reporters across the state say there is really no sign of winterkill as the crops green-up. Pastures are also coming to life but everyone says we need some warmth and sunshine.

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