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Soybean farmers severely impacted by unusual weather


For most farmers in Wisconsin, the wet and cool spring has delaying planting.

Soybean farmers are way behind in getting their crops planted.

"The challenge this year has been getting into the field," said Jason Cavaeini, Soybean Farmer.

According to the Wisconsin Agricultural Statistics Service, 55% of the soybean crop is planted so far. Normally, 91% of the crop should be seeded by now.

Last year, 97% of the crop was already in.

"It's been delayed there are many fields that aren't even prepared for planting yet," added Cavaeini.

Agricultural experts say if soybean planting gets delayed too much, some farmers may switch to shorter season varieties.

"It's going to effect grain prices," said Cavaeini.

One of the top uses of soybeans is feed for livestock and other animals.

"Dairy producers who are facing no feed, and with a herd of cows they're looking at, Do I stay in the dairy business?," said Scott Fischer, Soybean Farmer.

According to the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, 98% of soy meal goes to feeding livestock.

Soybeans are used in motor oil and e-85 ethanol as well.

Soybeans also play an important ingredient in the production of crayons, just one acre of soybeans can produce more than 82,000 individual crayons.

Farmers are using new technologies in trying to produce higher-yielding soybean crops.

"We're able to be more efficient with where we place fertilizer and that ultimately helps us be more efficient with how we spend our money," added Cavaeini.

As for the rest of the season,

"There's still an opportunity for soybeans to go in the ground," said Fischer.

Farmers add the wet spring isn't all gloom and doom.

This season has replenished moisture after last summer's prolonged drought.

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