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Recent sunshine and mostly dry weather has buoyed the hopes of Wisconsin farmers for a better growing season than previously thought.

The crop progress report for the week ending June 9 showed 5.2 days out of 7.0 days were suitable for field work, the most so far this year.

"Farmers took full advantage of sunny, clear conditions this week, working long hours to get as much field work done as possible," said the report, released Monday by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. "Planting, tillage, manure spreading, spraying and haying were all going full bore."

Prevented planting, an insurance program for growers not able to get their corn or soybeans planted on time, is still being discussed in some areas of Wisconsin because cold, wet weather this spring didn't allow farmers to get into their fields.

"The final plant dates for the spring-planted crops are quickly approaching for crop insurance, and many producers know at this point of the growing season, your chances of getting a crop to produce as it would, if it was planted in May, are small," a Kewaunee County report said.

Farther north in Shawano County, the report was direct and to the point. "There will be a lot of prevented planting taken in the area," the report said.

Crop progress through June 9 showed:

  • Corn was 78% planted, 14 days behind last year and 16 days behind the five-year average. The crop was 48% emerged, 13 days behind last year and 15 days behind average. The crop was rated 53% good to excellent.
  • Soybeans were 60% planted, 14 days behind last year and the average. 26% of the crop has emerged, 14% behind average.
  • Winter wheat was 22% headed, five days behind last year and nine days behind average. The crop was rated 45% good to excellent, three percentage points below the previous week.
  • Oats were 91% planted, 10 days behind last year and 14 days behind average. 70% of oats had emerged, 16 days behind average. The crop was rated 66% good to excellent, one point above the previous week.
  • Potatoes were 98% planted, five days ahead of last year and equal to average. The crop was rated 73% good to excellent.
  • Alfalfa's first cutting was 41% complete, seven days behind last year and eight days behind average. All hay was rated 37% good to excellent, one point lower than the previous week.
  • Pasture land was rated 57% good to excellent, up two points from the previous week.
  • Spring tillage was 88% complete, 14 days behind last year and the average.
  • Soil moisture was in good supply, with both topsoil and subsoil rated 99% adequate to surplus.

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