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Wisconsin soybeans mostly in the bin

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Wisconsin farmers were scrambling over the weekend to get crops off before a predicted winter storm rolled in. As of Sunday, the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office reports 50 percent of the corn-for-grain is harvested, up 17 points from a week ago but still 18 points behind the five-year average.  A number of reports that moisture is still in the 20’s.  Yields range from 100 to 200 bushels per acre.  The latest USDA estimates put the average at 162.  Corn silage is 96 percent harvested.

The high moisture levels in the corn spurred farmers to take the soybeans off instead. The Badger State soybean crop is 90 percent harvested, 1 point ahead of the five year average. Yields are reported from 30 to 60 bushels.  The latest USDA report puts the average at 44 bushels per acre.

Topsoil moisture is rated 81 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus prior to Monday’s snow.

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