Cooler temperatures and no rain in Wisconsin last week. The National Ag Statistics Service Weekly Crop Progress Report from the Wisconsin Field Office shows 43 percent of the state’s soils are now very short of moisture, an 11 percent increase since last week. 40 percent is rated short and the remaining 17 percent is adequate. Milwaukee is more than 5 inches below normal precipitation year-to-date, Eau Claire and La Crosse are 6.7 inches below normal and Madison is 8.6 inches under.
The weather was ideal for the combines, 23 percent of the corn-for-grain has been harvested up 11 points from last week and 16 points ahead of the five-year-average for this date. The corn crop is 81 percent mature up from 63 percent a week ago and 54 percent normally mature by now. The condition of the crop about the same as a week ago with 38 percent poor to very poor shape and 26 percent fair. Moisture levels are dropping quickly and ear drop is a problem.
91 percent of Wisconsin soybeans have dropped their leaves compared to 78 percent last week and 77 percent for the five-year-average. 42 percent of the beans have been harvested up from 14 percent a week ago and 7 percent normally combined by this date. Like the corn, soybean moisture is dropping quickly and shatter is a problem.
The potato harvest is in full-tilt and the cranberries are coming-in as well. A hard frost in some areas last week has prompted some hay to be cut for one last crop.
Read the full NASS report here: