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Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/29/2014

Farmers in southern Wisconsin were able to get a nice start on their field work last week until they were interrupted once again by a large storm system that continues to dump rain on the entire state. The latest crop/weather summery from the agriculture department noted that some growers in central and northern districts were using their dry days to harvest corn from last year's crop or spread manure. Some oat and corn planting did occur in the southern portion of Wisconsin. Farmers who were able to get into the fields were reportedly leaving ruts.

Across the reporting stations, average temperatures last week were one degree below normal to four degrees above normal. Precipitation totals as of Sunday ranged from 0.21 inches in Milwaukee to 1.82 inches in La Crosse--but those figures will be much higher this week.

As of April 27, spring tillage was nine percent complete statewide, compared to four percent last year and a five year average of 33 percent. Oats planted was at 13 percent this week, compared to four percent last year and a five year average of 47 percent. Usually, about 18-percent of the oats are emerged by now.

Corn planted was at 1 percent this week statewide.

Reporters say that pasture condition improved from 52 percent fair to excellent last week to 64 percent fair to excellent this week. Winter wheat was at 55 percent in good to excellent condition statewide.

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