Heavy rains in northern Wisconsin last week with flooding and water standing in the fields, soil moisture in the Northwest District is 27 percent surplus, 37 percent surplus in the North Central District. Washburn County reports 6 inches of rain for the week, Ashland up to 9 inches in a 24-hour period. Pretty fair rains in the west central and central areas, Marathon County reporting 5 to 6 inches for the week. But the rest of the state could use a drink; Door County hasn’t had rain in four weeks. Soil moisture is 57 percent short to very short in the East Central, 75 percent short to very short in the Southwest, 92 percent short to very short in the Southeast and 98 percent short to very short in the South Central District. Temperatures were 3 to 9 degrees above normal. Cutworm, armyworm and leafhopper infestations are being treated in many areas.
The corn crop is averaging 28 inches across the state but varies greatly; poor emergence, uneven yields and plant stress are the rule in the south. Overall the crop is rated 60 percent good to excellent condition.
The Wisconsin soybean crop is rated 60 percent good to excellent condition as well but 30 percent in the south central and 44 percent in the southeast is rated poor to very poor condition.
Oats are 89 percent headed with some harvesting underway. Winter wheat is ripening quickly and the combines should start in the next couple of weeks.
The National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office reports second-crop haymaking is 42 percent complete, that is 40 points ahead of the five-year average for this date.