In the final week of March the three-day WPS Farm Show took place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Locals and many others had traveled the distance to see the latest and greatest technology. Many left the WPS Farm Show with their bag full of brochures, candy and pens. It seemed the nice weather during Wednesday of the show brought the most people out.
Farmers are beginning to shift gears from a winter mindset to a spring-plant fever. Planting equipment is being brought to the shop for maintenance; hybrids and fertilizers are filling machine sheds as shipments arrive. I have spoken with some farmers. They are still deciding on what seed to order, but most all have at least placed their fertilizer orders.
Currently farms are muddy. There are tractor ruts everywhere. A few farmers have reported their soils are still saturated from this past fall’s wet season. Although with the recent windy days we’ve been having soils are drying quickly. Farmers are hoping for little to no rain with the hopes planting season will not be delayed. Local farmers predict being in the fields in early May or even in the final week of April.
In Winnebago County flooding didn’t have an effect on the fields. Luckily we had great snow cover all winter, which helped keep moisture in the ground and protect dormant crops. It’s been a while since we’ve had a winter with consistently good snow cover. But in Marathon County farmers are worried about frost-damaged hay. There was an ice cover in the fields until about February.