MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin farmers say spring planting is ahead of schedule this year.
Some essential crops, including soybeans and corn, have already been planted because drier weather has allowed farmers to get out into their fields earlier than previous years.
A weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says planting for Wisconsin’s staple crops is well ahead of the five-year average.
Wisconsin Farmers Union spokeswoman Danielle Endvick says farmers usually aim to finish planting by Memorial Day, but this year, many will have their crops in the ground by Mother’s Day.
Pam Jahnke, Farm Director at Midwest Farm Report Radio Network, joined Wisconsin’s Morning News with more.
“I would guess, just estimating the road traffic I’ve seen, by the time we get to Monday with the next crop progress report, I would guess that we have at least 50% of our corn and soybean in the ground around Wisconsin.”
Hear her full interview in the player above.