Volume 60 Number 1 April 23 2015
This Week's Weather & Pests

Cool, rainy weather stalled spring fieldwork following a week of unseasonable warmth. After the passage of a low pressure system on April 19, temperatures declined considerably from the 60s and 70s to the mid-30s and 40s (degrees F). Gusty winds and brisk conditions persisted throughout the week, with reports of light snow occurring in northern and central Wisconsin. The widespread early-week precipitation improved soil moisture conditions across much of the state and eased dryness concerns, especially in the west where crop moisture shortages are most pronounced. Although the below-normal temperatures and rain slowed progress made during the brief mid-April warm spell, both spring tillage and planting operations remain well ahead of last year and on pace with the five-year average. Planting of oats, potatoes and corn is expected to resume in full once the weather moderates later next week.

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