ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Mother Nature cooperated with better weather last week and farmers really got after in their fields. Corn planting around the country jumped 16% last week and farmers now have 83% of their corn in. But they're still behind last year and the 5 year average of having 99% of the crop in by now. Major growing states like Indian, Michigan and South Dakota only have about 65% of their corn in and Ohio is only 50 % planted. Soybean planting also jumped last week by 21% as 60% of the beans are3 now in. But again that progress is way behind the normal planting progress of 92% of the beans in this late in June. Major soybean growing states like Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and South Dakota are way behind their normal progress.
In Wisconsin, corn planting jumped 20% as state farmers now have 78% of the crop planted. Normally, 96% of the corn is in by this date. But what is in is rated 53% in good to excellent condition. State farmers have also now planted 60% of their soybeans-a jump of 24% from a week earlier. But the normal planting progress for soybeans by now is 90%. And farmers are also behind with their first hay crop. So far they've put up 41% of that crop-down about 25% from normal. And for the first time all spring, topsoil moisture is only rated 99% adequate to surplus this week with a little drier conditions in Northwest and Central parts of the state.
As expected, the American Fuels and Petrochemical Association filed a lawsuit yesterday challenging the EPA rule that calls for year-round use of E-!5 ethanol in the domestic gasoline supply. And also, as expected, the Renewable Fuels Association said it will file a counter motion to intervene on behalf of the EPA saying the legal analysis behind the decision is sound and overwhelmingly supported by public law.
At noon today, the 90th annual convention of the Wisconsin FFA will be gaveled into session at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. The convention will run through about noon on Thursday when the new state president will be announced. The 10 new sectional officers will be announced Wednesday evening as will the Stars over Wisconsin. Also during the convention, 328 members will receive their State FFA Degrees.