MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Rain and cool temperatures are keeping many Wisconsin farmers out of their fields.
According to the National Weather Service, almost 7 inches of rain fell in La Crosse in April, making it the second-wettest April on record. Although rain has brought relief to parts of drought-stricken southwestern Wisconsin, it’s also put crop planting on hold for many farmers.
La Crosse County’s University of Wisconsin-Extension Agriculture Agent Steve Huntzicker tells Wisconsin Public Radio the fields are too wet and farmers can’t till their land, spread nutrients like manure, or plant seeds. He says it’s too early to tell how the late planting will affect crop yields.
In Kewaunee County, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says farmers typically have oats in the ground by now, but hardly any have been planted.