Little improvement for farmers and Spring planting

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- With just days left in the month of May, it's more of the same. Almost daily doses of storm activity along with periods of heavy rain are pushing May closer to one of the top 10 wettest on record! This is not good news for area farmers who are struggling to get the Spring planting complete.

There were only 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 26, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soils remained wetter and colder than usual, and crop planting and emergence were well behind normal for the end of May. Pastures and fruit trees have been slow to develop and hay stands were still struggling to bounce back after widespread winterkill.

Corn planted across Wisconsin stands at 46 percent, up from 35 percent last week. That is well behind the 82 percent seasonal average. Soybeans planted stand at 20 percent, up from 12 percent last week. This is also well behind the 59 percent average to date.

As we wrap up May and move into June, time becomes more critical as we inch closer to the time planting can't be done. In terms of the weather, temperatures and precipitation should be near normal into early June. While this is slightly better than the pattern we have been in, it probably won't allow for any significant improvement through the middle of June.

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