Wisconsin crops prepare for frost

What a difference a week can make. After several weeks of warm, dry weather, fall has arrived in Wisconsin. The weekly crop progress report from the National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office shows up to 4 inches of rain fell in some parts of the state last week improving what had been a pretty dry soil moisture profile. As of Sunday, soil moisture is listed as 12 percent very short, 37 percent short, 46 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus. That is a substantial improvement over the previous week when 72 percent was in the short and very short category. Temperatures were still 4 to 8 degrees above normal for the week but that changed drastically on Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the state is bracing for frost by Wednesday morning but thankfully, it looks like the crops are in the clear.

The Badger State corn crop is now 84 percent dented, just 3 points behind the five-year average. The crop is still just 20 percent mature compared to the 47 percent normally on this date. Corn silage chopping is picking up as producers are getting it off before it gets too dry, 28 percent is now chopped compared to 67 percent normally on this date.

The soybean crop has 87 percent of the leaves turned and 52 percent dropped compared to 92 percent turned and 73 percent dropped normally by this date. The beans are rated 66 percent in good to excellent condition while the corn crop is 62 percent good to excellent.

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