Rain recharges Wisconsin soils, slows fieldwork

Heavy rains helped recharge soils but slowed activity in Wisconsin farm fields last week.

USDA’s latest crop update says with only three days suitable for fieldwork, there was limited harvest progress statewide.

Corn for grain harvest is five percent complete as of Sunday, compared to three percent last year and the five-year average of six percent.  Silage chopping advanced to 68 percent, well ahead of last year’s 53 percent and slightly faster than the usual pace of 67 percent.

Soybeans are 94 percent coloring with 71 percent dropping leaves.

Fifty percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted, more than 70 percent of the potato crop is harvested, and the fourth cutting of alfalfa is 92 percent complete.

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