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Crop Report: Easy Come, Easy Go for Record Snowfall
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/24/2018

Weekend temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s helped make the recent April blizzard conditions seem like a distant memory. On Monday, the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service issued its weekly crop-weather summary, which noted that a second round of wet snow fell across southern Wisconsin on Wednesday, adding another 10 inches of snow in certain areas.

However, reporters are saying the snow is melting quickly, recharging dry soils but leaving fields soggy.

"Overwintered crops were beginning to green up in the southern portions of the state, where farmers were hoping to start fieldwork soon," the report noted. "It may be a few weeks before central and northern Wisconsin can begin planting due to deep snow and stillfrozen ground. Manure spreading continued where fields were able to support machinery."

Topsoil moisture levels are now rated one percent very short, five percent short, 70 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, spring tillage was two percent complete statewide, which is unchanged from last week and 11 days behind average. Not much planting got done in the oat fields last week either, with only three-percent of the crop now sowed. That's 15 percentage points behind both last year and the five-year average.

And winter wheat was 51 percent in good to excellent condition statewide, up slightly from a week earlier.

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