ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- It was a busy week last week as the warm weather kept farmers in the fields. According to this week's crop progress report as of Sunday, 95 percent of the corn has been planted, about the same as last year and two days ahead of the five year average.
So far corn is rated at 91 percent in good to excellent condition. All but 13 percent of the crop has emerged which is also ahead of the average. 92 percent of the states soybean crop has been planted, four days ahead of last year and is 6 days ahead of the average with 73 percent of the beans emerged. Soybeans are rated at 89 percent in good to excellent condition. 50 percent of the winter wheat has headed and 97 percent of the oats planting is complete. The first cutting of alfalfa is 70 percent complete, 2 days behind last year but 4 days ahead of the average. And with all the warm weather, topsoil moisture this week was rated 1 percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.
Around the country, 77 percent of corn was in good to excellent condition as of Sunday, down 1 percent from the previous week. That's the highest good to excellent rating for this time of year since 2007. Corn emerging was estimated at 94 percent, slightly ahead of last year and also ahead of the average. Soybean planting was also running ahead of normal with 93 percent of the crop planted as of Sunday, compared to the five year average. 83 percent of the soybeans were emerged, well ahead of the average. Winter wheat was 91 percent headed, equal to last year and the condition was 38 percent good to excellent.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced yesterday that the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy will be extended again, this time until June 22. The USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. And, this will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage to sign up for the program. You can contact your local FSA office to get signed up.
There was another fatal vehicle vs. farm equipment accident yesterday in Clark County. It happened yesterday afternoon when a vehicle rear ended a forage box hauling alfalfa. The driver of the farm equipment was not injured. Speed seems to be a factor in this accident. This comes at a time when field work is in full swing and we would like to remind everyone to slow down and be aware of your surroundings.