Weekend rain slowed Wisconsin’s harvest activities
Scattered weekend rains slowed Wisconsin’s fieldwork, but a lot of corn silage, potatoes, and alfalfa fields were harvested last week.
USDA reporters say 98% of the state’s corn is now in the dough stage or beyond with 87% of the corn dented. Forty-six percent of the corn is mature. The crop condition was down two percentage points with just 49% reported as good to excellent. The corn silage harvest is past the halfway point with 53% now in the bunks and bags.
Eighty-five percent of Wisconsin’s soybeans are coloring with 52% dropping leaves, that’s a day behind average. The crop condition improved slightly with 49% of the soybeans in good to excellent condition.
Sixty-five percent of Wisconsin’s potato crop is now harvested, which is six days ahead of average.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa is 88% finished, also six days ahead of average.
Some farmers have been able to plant winter wheat, as 39% is in the ground and 16% has already emerged.
Much of western and northwestern Wisconsin received over two inches of rain last week, with all but a small area in the Green Bay area getting some rain. Topsoil moisture is now 40% adequate, 38% short, and 22% very short.