Wisconsin farmers have been making up for lost time. Heavy rains halted their crop planting for awhile. But it got dry enough for the tractors to get going late last week.
And by Sunday, 57-percent of Wisconsin’s corn crop was planted – still four-percent more than the average for the past five years. Thirteen-percent of the corn has emerged, up from the normal 10-percent for this time of year. Progress was also made in planting soybeans. Sixteen-percent of the beans are in the ground. That’s 11-percent more than last week, but still two-percent below the five-year norm. 94-percent of the Wisconsin oats are planted, well ahead of schedule. Eighty-three percent of the oats are in good-to-excellent shape. With dry weather in the forecast this week, a lot more hay is expected to be made. Soil moisture is 76-percent adequate, with a surplus on 18-percent of the fields. Only northwest Wisconsin has places that are very short of moisture – and they might not get any rain until Thursday. Forecasters say there’s a chance of thunderstorms in the southeast this afternoon, as a cold front moves through.