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Spring Has Finally Sprung in Wisconsin Farm Fields
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

With plenty of catching up to do, many Wisconsin farmers worked around the clock over the past week tilling fields and planting crops. The state's weekly crop progress report stated that growers were busy planting oats, potatoes, corn, soybeans and spring vegetables as quickly as possible. There were even reports of hay and forage being cut in the southern portions of the state.

Topsoil moisture levels are now rated two percent short, 80 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, spring tillage was 71 percent complete across the state, which is still more than a week behind last year, but three days ahead of the five-year average.

Corn planting was nearly half finished--eight days behind last year, and two days slower than normal.

About 15 percent of the state's expected soybean acres have been planted. And 81 percent of the oats are now in the ground, with emergence around 42 percent.

Reporters say winter wheat was 71 percent in good to excellent condition statewide, compared to 70 percent last week. The hay crop is also reported 69 percent good to excellent.

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