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Spring Planting Activity Nearly Done in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/17/2014

Farmers could not have asked for a better week to drag their planters across the finish line last week. Although parts of the state experienced precipitation and thundershowers, sunny and windy conditions across the south reportedly dried and crusted soils, according to Monday's crop report from Wisconsin Department of Agriculture. Topsoil moistures were 15 percent surplus on average, compared to 21 percent surplus last week.

Reporters say the first crop of alfalfa had good quality and quantity, but in some areas there was not enough time between rains to make dry hay. Some crops like cranberries, grapes and blueberries were struggling to recover from the unusually long and cold winter.

As of Sunday, spring tillage was 97 percent complete statewide, with corn 96 percent planted and 88 percent emerged. Soybeans were also 93 percent planted and 76 percent emerged, with 77 percent in good to excellent condition.

Oats were 94 percent emerged, with 14 percent heading. Condition was rated 87 percent good to excellent statewide, the report said.

About 85 percent of winter wheat was heading, with 68 percent of the crop in good to excellent condition.

And the first cutting of alfalfa was 74 percent complete, up 25 points from the previous week. All hay was 89 percent in good to excellent condition statewide.

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