MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers are still ahead of schedule in getting their corn planted – but the heavy rains from the past week could put them behind.
Some farm fields have been flooded after the Fox and Black rivers went above their banks in several places.
Farmers report soil erosion in a number of places around the Badger State. And 95 percent of fields have either adequate or surplus moisture.
Despite the rain, 34 percent of the Wisconsin corn crop was in the ground as of Sunday. That’s 16 percent more than a week ago, and it’s 4 percent ahead of the average for the past five years.
Oat planting is 23 percent ahead of the norm, and 51 percent of that crop has emerged. Soybean planting is still a bit slow. 5 percent of the beans are in the ground, one percent behind the norm for this date.
Crop reporters are still trying to figure out how much frost damage was done to the cherry and apple crops. In Door County, observers said the tart cherries were hit harder than the sweet varieties. And in Marathon County, some frost damage is reported to the ginseng crop.