Farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties are in a familiar spot when it comes to asking Mother Nature for a little help. Temperatures in the region have been eight to ten degrees below normal for this time of the year according to Wisconsin Farmer. The weekend warmup was a welcome sight, but it was short-lived as the cooler weather returned to start off this week. While it is still too cool for some crops to be planted, Adam Barta from Rio Creek Feed Mill says farmers are still taking advantage of the time and weather they have had so far.
The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 45 percent of the oat crop has been planted with 18 percent already emerging, which is a week earlier than last year. Barta says crops like triticale, winter wheat, and alfalfa overwintered well thanks to the milder than usual weather. He expects area farmers to hit full-throttle on their planting efforts in the coming weeks as things warm up.