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Wisconsin farmers dealing with crop planting lagging due to weather

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Almost one of every five acres of this year's corn crop has been planted throughout the nation -- but in Wisconsin, it's more like one of every 100 acres.  

The National Ag Statistics Service said one percent of the Badger State's corn crop was in the ground as of Sunday. Ten percent has normally been planted by this time in the past five years.  

The cold wet winter and spring have gotten farmers behind. Spring field tillage is only nine percent complete.  That's five percent more than a week ago, but the average is 33 percent by now.  

Only 13 percent of the Wisconsin oat crop is in the ground. That's normally 47 percent.  

A crop reporter in Juneau County says the weather continues to frustrate everyone -- and things are not expected to get much better this week with rain and some snow in the forecast.  

Farmers do have one piece of good news. Winter wheat is getting greener, and 55 percent of it is rated good to excellent.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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