It's Official: 2013 is Latest Spring on Record
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/30/2013
Although temperatures finally got into the 60s and 70s for a brief time this past week, some areas of Wisconsin had measurable snowfall and frost in the ground. This week's crop/weather report says spring tillage was four percent complete, compared to 56 percent last year and a 36 percent five-year average.
State records show this past week goes down as the lowest percentage complete for this date in the past 30 years of crop progress data. The previous record low was nine percent in April 2011.
Planting was delayed in parts of southern Wisconsin by low soil temperatures and wet field conditions. Ponding in wheat and hay fields reportedly remained a concern.
Oats were five percent planted this week, which is also the latest start to oats planting in the past 30 years of records. The previous record low was seven percent planted in 1993.
Alfalfa has reportedly been very slow to break dormancy this year due to below average temperatures. Pasture condition was slowly improving with 44 percent in fair to excellent condition.
And winter wheat was reportedly greening up in most areas, though it was still too early to accurately judge winterkill.