Farmers in Wisconsin didn't face the challenges of the 2012 drought, but aside from that, it was a very challenging crop year. The season began with wet conditions that prevented many acres to be planted early and resulted in many acres going in late. Then what looked like a cooperative stretch turned into a cool summer that did little for corn yields. Soybeans suffered the same fate although yields were spotty.... and in talking to many crop consultants and ag agents that was the key word , spotty, in describing how well a crop year it was. Some growers hit all the right conditions at the right times and had an average to above average year. while other had a very disappointing crop.
The all important alfalfa crop was also disappointing and that impact was more wide spread. With the exception of the second cutting of alfalfa, just about all the other cuttings were well below average and that is why in choosing a word or a phrase to describe the crop year of 2013, many ag agents and agriculturalist just said they will be glad to turn the clock to 2014.