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State crop planting still well behind pace


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers have taken advantage of the recent warm-and-dry weather to catch up on their spring planting.

Officials said 43-percent of the state’s corn crop was in the ground as of Sunday, compared to just 14-percent the week before.

Normally, about two-thirds of the state corn has been planted by now, but farmers have been hampered by the long winter this year.

About seven-percent of the Wisconsin corn has emerged from the ground, below the norm of 22-percent. Eleven-percent of the state’s soybeans are in.That’s up from just one-percent a week ago.

Normally, about a third of the beans have been planted by now. Seventy-percent of the oat crop is in – just over 20-percent below normal.

Almost half of Wisconsin pastures are said to be in good-to-excellent condition, and 45-percent are fair.

Spring field work is almost 60-percent finished.

Soil moisture was rated around 80-percent adequate, before several rounds of rain began moving into the Badger State on Sunday.