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Wisconsin soybean planting behind schedule because of wet weather

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin soybean growers appear to be having the biggest problems with the wet weather this year.

Eighty-five percent of the state’s soybean crop was planted as of Sunday.  Normally, the entire crop is in the growth stage by now.

Observers say it’s too late for many farmers to plant their entire allotment of soybeans – or to start over in fields that were washed out by the spring rains.

In southwest Wisconsin, an observer in Richland County told the USDA that a large number of acres will go unplanted due to the soggy and flooded conditions.

Up to 13 inches of rain have fallen in the southwest region since last Friday.

Wisconsin’s is the nation’s 13th largest soybean producer, averaging 75-million bushels a year.

It’s one of Wisconsin’s biggest export items, with two-thirds of the crop going to other countries.

The soy from the beans is used in a variety of products ranging from food to ink.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says one acre of soybeans can make over 82,000 crayons.

As for the corn, 92% of the Wisconsin crop is in fair-to-excellent shape, even though the planting is behind schedule.