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Farmers catch up with their crop planting after dry week

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers took advantage of dry weather last week to make lots of hay, and catch up with their crop planting.

Almost three-fourths of the state's first hay crop in -- 25 percent more than a week ago, and 4 percent more than the average for the past five years.

Crop reporters say both the quantity and quality of the hay are good. Some call it the best cutting in years.

96 percent of the Wisconsin corn has been planted, just one point behind the norm. 82 percent of the crop is in good to excellent shape.

Soybean planting is now ahead of schedule by around 2 percent. Officials said 93 percent of the beans are in the ground, and 77 percent are rated good to excellent.

87 percent of Wisconsin's oats are good to excellent -- and so is 58 percent of the state's winter wheat.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)