When It’s Dry – We Plant

Windows of opportunity. That’s what a few dry days of weather have turned into for Wisconsin farmers, and they’ve taken advantage of each.

According to the Wisconsin Ag Statistical Service, about 10 percent of our corn crop is already in the ground and 11% of the soybeans have been planted. Both numbers are ahead of last year and the five year average.

Right now, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of concern about soil moisture. State ratings show 69% of our topsoil moisture’s are adequate, and 73% of our subsoil moisture’s are measuring adequate.

Oat planting progress was 39 percent complete, 9 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of average. Emergence was 11 percent complete.

Wisconsin potato producers are really making moves! According to state officials, seventy-five percent of potato acreage has been planted, over two weeks ahead of both last year and average.

Spring tillage was 47 percent complete, 12 days ahead of last year and 7 days ahead of average.

Winter wheat condition remained at 82 percent good to excellent statewide. Pasture and range condition was rated at 46 percent good to excellent statewide, up 9 percentage points from last week.