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Final remnants of winter holding up farmers in Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The final remnants of winter are holding up Wisconsin farmers, as they try to get ready to plant their crops.

The National Ag Statistics’ Service issued the season’s first crop report Monday. It said some fields still have a foot of snow or more – and farmers are concerned about a sheet of ice under some of that snow.

A little manure hauling is taking place, but there’s no field work being done yet.

The alfalfa and winter wheat crops are generally dormant, except for a little greening of the wheat in far southern Wisconsin.

It’s also maple syrup season – and the sap flow is much more normal than last year’s warm spring that suddenly got cold and snowy in April. The sap run is said to be slow to excellent.

Temperatures for last week averaged 1 to 7 degrees below normal.