Wisconsin farmers planted crops and cut hay during a dry week

The dry and warm week allowed Wisconsin farmers to plant crops and start the hay harvest.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay is now 33% finished, six days ahead of average.  The USDA says the all hay condition is 79% good to excellent, one percent better than a week ago.

Potato planting is more than 90% finished, about a day ahead of average.

Corn planting is also 90% finished, with 52% of the corn emerging.  Eighty-two percent of the corn is rated as good to excellent.

Eighty-two percent of Wisconsin’s soybeans are planted.  Statistician Greg Bussler says that’s six days ahead of last year and nine days ahead of average. 

Topsoil moistures are 53% adequate, 35% short, and 10% very short with slightly higher numbers for adequate subsoil moisture.  What little precipitation received in Wisconsin last week was in far northwestern Wisconsin southeast of Superior, and didn’t amount to more than 7/100ths of an inch.

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