Spring planting continues to run well behind average

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, Spring planting continues to run well behind average. What little has been planted is also at risk of not coming up healthy or at all. The reason, persistent wet weather and ground which is keeping farmers in the barn.

There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 19, 2019, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was the highest number of days suitable for Wisconsin since the beginning of the 2019 Crop Progress season.

Corn planted across the state of Wisconsin stands at 35 percent, up from 14 percent last week. That is way behind the 65 percent average to date. Soybeans are in a similar situation with 12 percent planted, up from 4 percent last year. Also behind the 35 percent average to date.

Soil temperatures remain unfavorably low for crop emergence. The latest growing season report shows that parts of northwestern Wisconsin have not officially started the growing season and remain dormant.

Little improvement is expected in the days ahead as storm chances remain along with locally heavy rainfall. While the long term forecast does call for warmer temperatures, rain chances also look to stick around. Fieldwork will likely remain well behind average as we head into early June.

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