Wisconsin: “best hay crop in years!”

Despite cooler-than-normal temperatures and intermittent showers, Wisconsin farmers made progress in the fields last week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday: 96 percent of the corn is planted, just one point behind the five-year average. 88 percent has emerged and 82 percent is in good to excellent shape. Washington County reports corn 15-inches tall on average.

Soybean planting is 2 points ahead of normal with 93 percent planted and 76 percent emerged. The beans are rated 77 percent good to excellent condition.

All but 2 percent of the oats are planted with 14 percent headed-out. 87 percent in good to excellent shape. Winter wheat is 58 percent headed out with 68 percent in good to excellent shape.

Badger State farmers made a lot of hay last week: 74 percent of the first crop is in, 4 points ahead of the five-year average and 25 percent more than a week ago. Reporters across the state say there is a lot of hay and it is good quality. Some are calling it the best cutting in years. Given the forecast, it may be a little more challenging to get the rest of that hay in this week.

Topsoil moisture is listed as 77 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus.

Read the full NASS report here:

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