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Bit by Bit, Farmers Hacking Away in the Fields
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/15/2018

Another week of wet conditions kept many tractors out of the fields last week, especially in southern Wisconsin where three inches of rain fell across the region. According to the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service's weekly crop-weather report, conditions were drier in the northern portions of the state, though farmers were still tilling around wet spots.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated two percent short, 71 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, spring tillage was just under half complete throughout Wisconsin, which is about five days behind average. About 30 percent of the corn has been planted, with eight percent already emerged.

Reporters say 13 percent of the soybeans are in the ground. That's even with last year, but two days behind the five-year average. And oats planted were 43 percent sowed, which is 10 days behind normal for this time of the spring.

Winter wheat was 77 percent in good to excellent condition statewide.

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