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Wisconsin farmers catching up on fieldwork

Wisconsin farmers had good weather for fieldwork for just over half of last week.  USDA reporters say spring tillage is now 88% finished, about two days behind average.

Eighty percent of Wisconsin’s corn is planted, with growth from just emerging in the north to over six inches in the south.  Fifty-five percent of the state’s corn has emerged as of Sunday.

Soybean planting is 73% complete and around five days ahead of average.  Thirty-nine percent of the beans have emerged.

Eighty-six percent of the oats are planted with 68% emerging.

87% of the potatoes are planted, which is about six days behind average.

Eighty-three percent of the winter wheat is in good to excellent condition with 7% of the crop headed.

Many Wisconsin farmers have started cutting alfalfa hay.  First crop cutting is now 13% completed, with 77% of the crop in good to excellent condition.  Pasture conditions are also 69% good to excellent.

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