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Corn planting well behind schedule in state

News Ellsworth,Wisconsin 54011
Pierce County Herald
Corn planting well behind schedule in state
Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Corn planting continues to be behind schedule in Wisconsin, as a result of the wet spring and heavy soil moisture.

Officials say 81-percent of corn is in, 18-percent below normal for the date. About three-fifths of the corn has emerged, down from the norm of 87-percent. Farmers say a lot of what has emerged is very yellow. Soybean planting is only 55-percent complete. Almost all of the beans are normally in by now. Farmers are also behind on their initial hay harvests. Seventeen-percent of the first crop is in, less than the norm of 50-percent. Recent rain continues to cause problems. Forty-four percent of the state's topsoil has surplus moisture, and 26-percent of the subsoil moisture has a surplus. Most areas have received above-normal precipitation for the year. Madison is the most above the norm, by almost eight-and-a-half inches.

Temperatures are somewhat warmer this week, but it didn't help farmers that it was 5-to-7-degrees cooler-than-normal last week.