Farmers Still Patiently Waiting for Spring to Arrive
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/02/2017
The calendar says May, but most Wisconsin farmers are still stuck in the preseason of the 2017 crop year. The state's latest crop report said rainy and cold conditions lingered during the final days of April, which meant most fields were too muddy for any type of fieldwork. The summary noted that there were some planting of oats, corn and potatoes on well-drained areas, but the rain and snow later in the week put a stop to those efforts, as well.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 52 percent adequate and 48 percent surplus; with subsoil moisture also showing no signs of being dry.
As of Sunday, spring tillage was 21 percent complete statewide, 11 days behind last year and over a week 8 days later than the five-year average.
Corn planting was only five percent finished, 10 days slower than the 2016 program and nearly a week behind the norm.
About a third of the state's oat crop is now in the ground--with most of that progress happening in the southern areas of Wisconsin. Emergence is around 17 percent.
And reporters say that the winter wheat crop was 64 percent in good to excellent condition statewide, unchanged from the week earlier.