Farm Industry News photographer Mike Krivit recently traveled through the Burnet and Polk counties of Wisconsin on his way home from a Memorial Day weekend trip, and he encountered some very soggy fields along the way. The area received torrential rain off and on throughout the weekend, which caused flooding in many of the fields.
View another recent gallery of flooding in cornfields throughout southwest Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska here .
1. Under water
Between Thursday, May 24, and Monday, May 28, 5 to 6 in. of rain fell in Polk and Burnet counties of Wisconsin.
2. Soil crusting possible
Reports indicated that corn had been replanted in many areas due to storm damage, soil crusting or frost damage.
3. 95% planted
Statewide, corn was 95% planted and 65% emerged this week.
Last week, only 37% of the corn had emerged statewide, compared to 65% this week.
5. Replanting to corn
Reports also noted that older hay fields were being replanted to corn as the first crop came off.
6. Watch for soil crusting
Experts recommend watching for possible soil crusting after heavy rains occur.
7. Soil structure
Intense rainfall can cause weak soil structure and the absence of residue to help protect the soil surface.
Soil crusting can occur more in heavily tilled fields.
Rotary hoeing is often a way to help treat for soil crusting.