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Wet start to Wisconsin 2024 growing season

Wet start to Wisconsin 2024 growing season

By Blake Jackson

Wisconsin's farmers encountered a soggy start to the 2024 growing season during the week ending April 7th, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. With only 0.7 days deemed suitable for fieldwork due to rain and snow, outdoor activities were significantly limited.

However, this wet weather proved to be a double-edged sword. While it delayed planting, it also significantly improved soil moisture levels across the state. This much-needed replenishment sets the stage for a potentially productive season.

Despite the challenges posed by the wet conditions, farmers made some headway on spring tillage activities when windows of opportunity arose. By the end of the reporting period, 5% of spring tillage was complete, surpassing progress from both the previous year and the five-year average. This demonstrates the resilience and adaptability of Wisconsin's agricultural community.

Early signs of plant growth emerged amidst the wet conditions, with reports of alfalfa beginning to sprout. This is a positive indicator for forage production in the coming months. The wet weather also had a positive impact on soil moisture.

Topsoil conditions are currently favorable, with a majority (62%) rated adequate and a significant portion (18%) boasting surplus moisture. Subsoil moisture levels are similarly encouraging, with 59% classified as adequate and 10% exceeding those levels.

Winter wheat, a crucial crop for Wisconsin agriculture, is off to a promising start. A substantial portion (61%) of the crop is rated good, with an additional 11% categorized as excellent. This suggests that winter wheat has successfully overwintered and is positioned for a potentially strong yield.

Pastures, however, present a more mixed picture. While there are pockets of good and excellent pastures scattered throughout the state (totaling 25%), a significant portion (30%) is currently rated poor or very poor. This highlights the uneven impact of the wet weather on different agricultural sectors.

While the wet weather may have caused some initial delays, the replenished soil moisture reserves provide a strong foundation for Wisconsin's farmers as they move forward with the 2024 growing season. With continued monitoring of weather conditions and strategic management practices, Wisconsin's agricultural industry is well-positioned for a successful year.

Photo Credit: usda

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