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Wet weather hurting state soybean crop


MADISON (AP) -- Soggy farm fields are putting a damper on Wisconsin's soybean crop, as some farmers say it's too late in the season to complete their soybean planting or to replant fields that have been flooded by heavy rain.

This week's progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows about 85 percent of Wisconsin's soybean crop has been planted, compared with 100 percent last year and a five-year average of 99 percent.

Crop observers report flooding in Taylor, Crawford, Richland, Columbia, Dane and Green counties.

The wet weather also has made it difficult to harvest hay and other spring crops.

The uncertainty of farm income is also reportedly hurting sales of new tractors and other agricultural equipment.  Repairs and sales of used equipment remain strong.

Wisconsin farmers grow about 75 million bushels of soybeans a year on 1.6 million acres, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Soybeans are among the state's biggest export items, with 65 percent of the harvest sent to other countries.

Wisconsin ranks 13th in soybean production among U.S. states.

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