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Wisconsin still has corn standing

Many Wisconsin farmers were pushing to get crops out of the fields before the cold and snowy weekend.

USDA reporters say the corn for grain harvest is only 85% complete, close to the five-year average for this time of year.  The average moisture content last week was 19%.

Wisconsin’s soybean harvest is 98% finished, as farmers prioritized the beans ahead of cold weather.

Ninety-seven percent of the state’s winter wheat has emerged.  Sixty-six percent of that wheat crop is in good to excellent condition, up one percent from last week.

Fall tillage and manure applications also kept farmers busy last week until weather conditions made that challenging.

Soil moisture levels are still not ideal in several parts of Wisconsin.  As of Sunday, four percent of topsoil had excess moisture, 77% was adequate, and 16% of the land was short on moisture with similar subsoil levels.

USDA has completed the weekly crop reports for this growing season and will resume their surveys in April.

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