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Farmers Get Much Better Weather During Past Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/03/2014

Hot and humid conditions last week allowed farmers to get a huge jump on their spring tillage and planting activity, while those who already had their crops in the ground saw emergence measures progress rapidly. Monday's crop/weather report from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture noted that topsoil moistures rose to 22 percent surplus compared to 19 percent surplus last week. However, sunny weather mid-week saw farmers working long hours to catch up on spring fieldwork.

Just as they did in 2013, many producers were juggling oats, corn, and soybean planting with the first cutting of alfalfa. Some reporters noted that acreage was being switched to shorter season crops and varieties due to muddy soils and a lack of days suitable for fieldwork earlier this year.

Average temperatures last week were three to nine degrees above normal, with precipitation totals ranging between 0.48 inches in Green Bay to 1.89 inches in Madison.

As of Sunday, spring tillage was 89 percent complete statewide. Corn was 86 percent planted, up 19 percentage points over the previous week. The crop was 52 percent emerged, compared to 21 percent last week. Corn condition was 80 percent good to excellent statewide.

Soybeans were 69 percent planted, up 30 points over the previous week. Statewide, 28 percent of soybeans had emerged.

Oats were 91 percent planted and 71 percent emerged. Fourteen percent of the winter wheat crop was heading, with 65 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition. Reporters noted that some winter wheat has declined in quality in the past few weeks and will be plowed under.

And hay conditions improved to 88 percent good to excellent statewide. The first cutting of alfalfa was 22 percent complete.

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