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State Farmers Wrapping Up Planting, First Crop Hay
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/12/2018

Tractors, planters and hay mowers were unstoppable during the past week as the dry weather helped farmers continue with their spring fieldwork. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's weekly crop summary was released on Monday, which stated that temperatures were close to normal for most of the state and that scattered showers midweek only caused slight delays.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated one percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate and six percent surplus.

As of Sunday, about 95 percent of the corn had been planted--the same as last year and two days ahead of the five-year average. All but 13 percent of the crop has already emerged, which is also ahead of normal.

Ninety-two percent of the state's expected soybean crop is in the ground. That's four days better than last year and six days ahead of average.

Crop reporters say winter wheat was 50 percent headed, with 85 percent of that crop rated good to excellent condition.

Meanwhile, the first cutting of alfalfa was reported as 70 percent complete, two days behind the same week in 2017, but four days ahead of average.

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