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Corn plantings no longer behind schedule

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Wisconsin farmers have almost caught up with their normal corn planting, and most of what's popping up is in great shape. According to new federal figures, 86-percent of this year's Wisconsin corn crop was planted as of Sunday. That's 4-percent less than the five-year average for the date.

Just over half the crop has emerged, and 80-percent of it is rated good-to-excellent. Sixty-nine percent of the state's soybeans have been planted. That's up by a whopping 30-percent from a week ago, and it's only two points behind the norm. 91-percent of the Wisconsin oat crop is in the ground, 6-percent behind the average.

Observers say the recent hot and dry weather is just what the doctor ordered for growing crops and making hay. However, many farmers hit a snag after heavy rains on Sunday and Monday. Some areas had close to four-inches of rain during those storms.