Things got a little colder and a little drier in the Badger State last week. The weekly Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office reports overnight lows fell into the 20’s in some areas last week with patchy frost in other areas. Temperatures were 5 to 6 degrees below normal but given the maturity of the crops, really no problem with the frost. Precipitation was limited and while the amount of Wisconsin soil very short of moisture held steady at 32 percent the “short” category increased two points to 46 percent. The remaining 22 percent of the state is rated “adequate”.
The Wisconsin corn crop is 94 percent dented, 63 percent mature and 12 percent for grain is harvested as of Sunday. Normally 36 percent is mature and just 3 percent is harvested by now. Weak stalks and ear dropping are increasing problems across the state. Corn silage chopping is 84 percent complete compared to the five-year average of 52 percent for this date.
Soybeans are 96 percent turned with 78 percent dropping leaves and 14 percent harvested. Usually about half have dropped their leaves by now and barely 1 percent is harvested. Yields are varying greatly and moisture levels are in the low teens.
Read the full NASS report here: