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Wet Fields Delay Spring Planting Progress
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/18/2017

Despite above average temperatures during the past week, the frequent rains and thunderstorms meant fields all around Wisconsin were just too wet to get much work done. The latest crop progress report on Monday said it will take time for mud and standing water to dry up enough for fieldwork to begin in earnest.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated one percent short, 60 percent adequate and 39 percent surplus; while statewide subsoil moisture supplies are estimated at 66 percent adequate and 33 percent surplus.

As of Easter Sunday, spring tillage was just six percent complete statewide, which is well behind last year and the five-year average for this time of year.

Oats planting advanced in the far southern part of the state last week, but remains behind normal. The summary estimated that about two percent of the oat crop has emerged.

Potatoes planting has begun and is already at six percent complete, two percentage points behind last year.

And winter wheat was 60 percent in good to excellent condition statewide, slightly up from last week.

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