MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The sudden arrival of summer is a blessing for Wisconsin farmers.
The National Ag Statistics Service said two-thirds of the Badger State's corn crop was planted as of last Sunday. That's a whopping 36 percent more than a week ago, thanks to warmer and drier weather.
Still, Wisconsin corn planting remains 21 percent below the average for the past five years -- due in part to cool soil temperatures. However, at least four days of warm and dry weather are in the statewide forecast, after some lingering showers move out Wednesday.
That will help farmers get closer to finishing their spring field work. Tillage was 74 percent finished as of Sunday, up 28 percent from the week before.
Almost four of every ten of this year's Wisconsin soybeans are in the ground, up from just eight percent a week ago. Oat planting is 84 percent finished, nine points higher than the previous week.
Temperatures were as much as four degrees above normal -- just what the doctor ordered for the hay crop. 84 percent of the first crop hay is rated good to excellent, and four percent of the first crop alfalfa has been cut.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)