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A Week That Started Out Dry, Ended Very Wet
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/19/2018

Farmers in many parts of the Badger State wondered if a drought was on the horizon last week. But by Father's Day, a sudden downpour resulted in rainfall totals that ranged from a trace to over four inches, according to the latest crop/weather report from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service.

Farmers were able to make more progress in the fields as many wrapped up their first hay crop of the season. Hot and humid conditions also boosted crop development, particularly in northern and central Wisconsin where soils have been dry.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated one percent very short, 12 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus by week's end.

As of Sunday, 96 percent of the corn had emerged, which is well ahead of normal. The crop's condition was rated 90 percent good to excellent.

All but four percent of the state's expected soybean acres have been planted. That's also a day ahead of last year and six days better than the five-year average.

Winter wheat was 72 percent headed, with four percent already coloring.

And the first cutting of alfalfa was reported as 85 percent complete, two days behind last year, but a full week ahead of the average. Some farmers in the southern part of the state have started cutting their second crop.

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