Wisconsin had locally-heavy reports of prevented planting
Farmers in a handful of Wisconsin counties had more prevented planting acres and failed acres than their peers in the rest of the state.
USDA figures show Wisconsin has only 23,753 prevented planting acres this year and 6,776 failed acres, but about half of the failed acres are in Brown and Oconto counties near Green Bay. Outagamie county has the most prevented planting acres with 3,879. Oconto county has 2,319 unplanted acres. Taylor, Winnebago, and Wood counties all have more than one thousand unplanted acres.
The total prevented planting and failed acres represent less than half of a percent of Wisconsin’s 2022 cropland. Overall, Wisconsin farmers planted 3.8 million acres of corn, 2.1 million acres of soybeans, 239 thousand acres of wheat, and 121 thousand acres of oats this year.
Much of Wisconsin started the year with a long, cool, and wet spring preventing farmers from getting into fields and keeping soil temperatures too cold for plants to emerge.
Drought-stricken North Dakota leads the nation in total prevented planting acres with 2.37 million acres out of production this year.