Agronomy Blog

Minnesota and Wisconsin Crop Progress

by Alan Bass | Apr 30, 2018

Progress is being made in southern Wisconsin especially southwest. Dry soils and favorable soil temps there have allowed good progress to be made on corn planting over the last week. Some growers are reporting corn planting complete. Mid part of the state has started as well. Record high snowfall in April to the north has hampered progress for planting. This has also slowed the warm up of soil temps. However, corn plant will start soon. Rain this week may slow this down but in some areas it will be welcomed. Reports from western Minnesota show that corn planting has just started and should be in full swing by the end of the week. Eastern Minnesota is a little farther ahead but progress has also been slowed by the April snow.

Soybean planting has also started in the southern areas and will ramp up here towards the end of the week. Northern areas have not seen many soybeans planted, or any at all. This can rapidly change in the week ahead. Moisture is forecast for mid-week. Not much soybean planting has been reported for Minnesota.

Warm temps finally has allowed growers to evaluate alfalfa stands from winter. Growth has been slow and the moisture this week should help these plants. Some areas has experienced winter kill but so far the stands look good. New alfalfa seeding is in full swing across all areas. Should be completed in the next week by most. 

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