Last week’s rains helped Wisconsin’s crops
Timely and widespread rains improved crop conditions and increased soil moisture in Wisconsin last week. USDA statistician Greg Bussler says along with that rain, a few storms caused crop damage due to wind and hail.
Topsoil moisture levels are now 1% surplus, 55% adequate, 36% short, and 8% very short with similar subsoil readings.
Sixty percent of Wisconsin’s corn is silking and about a day behind the five-year average. Five percent is in the dough stage. Fifty-five percent of the corn is now good to excellent, seven points higher than a week ago.
Seventy-four percent of the soybeans are blooming, which is also a day behind the five-year average. Twenty-four percent of the crop is setting pods. Overall, 51% of Wisconsin’s soybeans are rated good to excellent, up 9% from a week ago.
Ninety-five percent of the second-crop alfalfa has been harvested, and the third cutting is 37% finished. The all-hay condition improved 3% from last week with 45% now good to excellent.
Forty-nine percent of the winter wheat crop is in the bin, and what remains is rated 63% good to excellent.
Eighty-six percent of the oats have colored, with 19% now harvested. Forty-four percent is rated good to excellent, up 2% from a week ago.
The potato harvest has begun in some southern Wisconsin areas, and early reports from one grower say the yield is better than average.