Farmers who haven't been able to plant corn this year because of fields too wet to work in are starting to abandon plans to plant corn and will look at shorter season crops.

The weekly crop progress report for the week ending June 9 said farmers were "considering their options" as persistent cold, wet and overcast conditions kept fields soggy.

The report is from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

"Progress totals for planting and the emergence of all crops, tillage and haying remained well behind normal," the report said.

The first cutting of hay was getting a one-two punch from the weather, with many hay fields too wet to cut, and, where cutting was possible, drying the hay was not.

"Many farmers are waiting for a three-day dry window to cut and harvest the hay crop," a Marquette County report said.

Only 17 percent of the first cutting of hay has been completed statewide, the lowest percentage at this time of the year for at least the past 10 years.

During the hot, dry 2012 growing season, 90 percent of the first cutting of hay was completed at this time.

"There's just too much moisture," said a Marathon County report. "Nothing can be done until we get sun and drier conditions."

Corn planted was 81 percent complete, compared to 100 percent in 2012 and a five-year average of 99 percent.

Corn height was five inches, half of what it was a year ago but right on the five-year average.

Soybeans planted was 55 percent complete, compared to 97 percent in 2012 and a five-year average of 91 percent.

"Heard from a few crop farmers that they are not planting any more corn," an Oconto County report said. "Switching to soybeans on all unplanted acres."

Oats are 94 percent planted compared to 100 percent last year and a five-year average of 100 percent.

A Sauk County report summed it all up.

"This has been the most frustrating, aggravating year that anyone can recall," the report said.

 

 

Reporter for Madison.com.

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(5) comments

oly65
oly65

Cant wait until food prices and meat prices go through the roof and you same people complain about the rich farmers on this site. Whats the saying if you have nothing intelligent to say shut your mouths since you abviously have never worked on a farm in wis.

GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN
GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN

We're still planting sweet corn, serializing the planting so it all doesn't come ripe at once.

But, fear not, in, with and under the $500 Billion Farm Bill, (that's right, a half a Trillion Dollars of OPM, [other people's money]) we get subsidized flood insurance premiums, Green Job subsidies for corn used for ethanol production and higher CRP payments.

Life is Good, Dog.


Cornelius Gotchberg
Cornelius Gotchberg

@milton's fried man;

Wow good thing Hopey Changey increased the susidized ethanol mandates by 50 %!! That oughta help big time.

How much are you paying for your 'floods' now?

The Gotch

milton's fried man
milton's fried man

wow good thing we make subsidized fuel ethanol out of that corn...can't wait to for flood prices to go up that much more.

bananahammock
bananahammock

How about peanuts? Help bring the price of Peanutbutter back to reality.

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