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Southwestern Wisconsin crops look good

An agronomist says the southwestern part of Wisconsin is producing some very good crops this year.  Arika Wech with Pioneer says the soybean harvest is about wrapped up in her region. “That yield range I would say the average is 65 to 75 bushels per acre but we have several reports exceeding 80 even a few exceeding 90 bushels per acre.”

Wech says southwestern Wisconsin is a little behind on corn harvesting compared to extreme southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and eastern Iowa, but is picking up this week and some of the early results look very good. “What has come off so far, yields have been great again. Most say better than last year. We’ve already had some National Corn Growers (Association) yield contest entries come up that have exceeded 300 bushels already, which is incredible.”

Wech says southwestern Wisconsin started dry but had timely rains after the 4th of July and became like a garden of the Midwest with near ideal growing conditions, but there were some scattered reports of northern corn leaf blight, tar spot, gray leaf spot, fusarium, and gibberella lowering some test weights but corn was also impacted by a lack of solar radiation after pollination.

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