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Wisconsin farmers late in getting crops in

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Wisconsin farmers are finally getting their crops planted.

Fifty-six percent of the corn is in the ground, thanks to windy conditions which dried the fields over the last week.

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Corn planting is still 19 percent behind the five-year average. Only 7 percent of the corn has popped out of the ground, due to the cool temperatures.

Farmers need warmer weather, but it won't happen for awhile. Frost is possible in the northern half of Wisconsin for at least the next two nights.

Forecasters say it won't hit the 70s anywhere in the state until Friday at the earliest.

Soybean planting is at 22 percent, 15 percent behind normal.

Eighty-three percent of oats are planted, down from the average of 97 percent.

There has been some frost damage to the alfalfa and winter-wheat crops - and more is expected with this week's cool weather.

Farmers are not as water-logged. Seventy-eight percent of fields have adequate moisture. Only 18 percent have a surplus.

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