Wisconsin farmers have nearly ideal planting weather
Wisconsin farmers made solid progress with near-ideal planting weather last week. USDA statistician Greg Bussler says there were five and a half days suitable for fieldwork.
Spring tillage in Wisconsin is now 80% finished, which is about average.
Corn planting is 69% finished, which is a day ahead of the average. Twenty-six percent of the corn has already emerged, which is also a day ahead of the average.
Wisconsin’s soybean planting is 55% finished. That’s two days ahead of the average. Seventeen percent of the soybeans have emerged, which is two days ahead of the average.
The oats are on time with 78% of the crop planted. Eighty-seven percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition.
Potato planting is now 83% finished.
Winter wheat is 84% in good to excellent condition, up 2% from a week ago.
Topsoil moisture is 78% adequate and 10% surplus statewide, with similar subsoil readings.