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Wisconsin farmers working to get crops into the ground ahead of next rainfall

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - With more rain in the forecast for Wednesday, Wisconsin farmers are trying to get more of their crops in the ground.

Last week’s rain and snow kept the tractors in the sheds, as farmers got further behind on their spring planting.

Four percent of the state’s corn was planted between the raindrops and snowflakes last week. 26 percent is normally in the ground by now.

18 percent of Wisconsin oats have been planted, up from 5 percent a week ago. Normally, 62 percent of the oats are in by now.

Alfalfa is coming out of dormancy, and more winter-kill is being seen. Sheboygan County estimates that 60 percent of its alfalfa is lost, along with 25 percent of its winter wheat. Brown and Rock counties also report significant damage.

A number of counties are waiting for things to green up before assessing the damage. Spring field work is 12 percent finished, up from 4 percent the previous week.

Most soil moisture is rated adequate. 28 percent of the state’s topsoil has surplus moisture, along with 11 percent of subsoil.

Another sunny and mild day is in store, with highs mostly in the 70’s. A cold front is due in Wednesday, a chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout the day.

Rain chances diminish on Thursday and Friday, with highs cooling down to the 50’s and 60’s.