Wisconsin farmers tilled, planted very little before weekend storm
The unusually warm start of last week allowed farmers to accomplish some field work before the weekend winter-like conditions returned. The warm temperatures and breezy conditions melted much of the snow before the weekend storm system brought more snow to many areas.
USDA statistician Greg Bussler says Wisconsin had just under four days suitable for fieldwork last week, and spring tillage is 8% finished. That’s 8 days ahead of last year but two days behind the average.
There were some planters rolling in parts of Wisconsin last week. Eight percent of the potatoes are planted. Six percent of the state’s oats are in, and some southern Wisconsin planted some corn and soybeans. USDA says less than 1% of the corn is in the ground.
Wisconsin’s winter wheat is rated 65% good to excellent, up 2% from last week.
Forty-three percent of the state’s pastures are good to excellent, also up 2% from last week.
Only 7% of the state’s farmland has a soil moisture deficit with 67% of the fields having adequate moisture and 26% surplus.