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Over Half of State's Corn Crop Now Emerged
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/25/2021

With temperatures being above normal during the entire week, Wisconsin farmers were able to keep busy planting crops before rains fell over most of the state during the weekend. According to the latest weekly crop progress report, the added precipitation helped boost topsoil moisture levels to only six percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate and four percent surplus.

As of Sunday, all but 10 percent of the state's corn crop had been planted. That was one day ahead of last year and two weeks better than the five-year average. Reporters say 50 percent of the corn has now emerged, which is also ahead of schedule.

About 83 percent of the soybeans are in the ground--four days ahead of the 2020 growing season and 16 days beyond normal. More than a third of the beans have sprouted as of this past weekend.

Eighty-three percent of oats are emerged, which is a week better than last year and 11 days ahead of normal. Some of the crop has even headed in areas of southern Wisconsin.

The winter wheat is reportedly 12 percent headed so far, which is more than a week ahead of last year and the average.

And spring tillage is reported at 98 percent complete.

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