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Wisconsin corn planting continues behind schedule

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Corn planting continues to be behind schedule in Wisconsin, as a result of the wet spring and heavy soil moisture.

Officials say 81 percent of corn is in, 18 percent below normal for the date. About three-fifths of the corn has emerged, down from the norm of 87 percent.

Farmers say a lot of what has emerged is very yellow.

Soybean planting is only 55 percent complete. Almost all of the beans are normally in by now.

Farmers are also behind on their initial hay harvests. 17 percent of the first crop is in, less than the norm of 50 percent.

Recent rain continues to cause problems. 44 percent of the state’s topsoil has surplus moisture, and 26 percent of the subsoil moisture has a surplus.

Most areas have received above-normal precipitation for the year. Madison is the most above the norm, by almost 8.5 inches.

Temperatures are somewhat warmer this week, but it didn’t help farmers that it was 5 to 7 degrees cooler than normal last week.

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