Last week’s heat and humidity good for Wisconsin crops
July 13, 2020 By Larry Lee Filed Under: Crops, Crops, News, Soybeans, USDA, Wisconsin
Heat and humidity last week made it perfect for growing
Wisconsin’s crops. Daytime temperatures
were in the 80s and 90s and frequent afternoon thunderstorms around the state interrupted
fieldwork. Some heavy downpours flattened crops and caused ponding in isolated
areas, but USDA reporters say the rain was needed to keep soil moistures
Corn silking was at 10% as of Sunday, nine days ahead of last year, and a day ahead of average. Eighty-one percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition.
Sixty-one percent of Wisconsin’s soybeans are blooming, with
13% setting pods. That’s six days ahead
of average and 17 days ahead of last year.
Eighty-three percent of the soybeans are rated good to excellent.
Ninety-three percent of the oats are headed, with 51%
coloring. Eighty-three percent of the
crop is rated as good to excellent.
The potato crop is 95% good to excellent. Most are flowering, and some growers are
already trimming stalks to help the potatoes mature before harvesting.
Statewide, 62% of the second crop alfalfa hay has been cut, with less hay getting cut in central and west-central Wisconsin.
More than 90% of the state still has adequate to surplus
topsoil and subsoil moisture levels.
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