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Wisconsin weather slowing harvest & tillage

Cold and wet conditions slowed harvest and fall tillage activity in Wisconsin last week.  USDA reporters say temperatures reached the mid 30’s with a slow moving storm on Thursday and Friday, dumping up to six inches of snow to the north, and five inches of rain in parts of central and southern Wisconsin.  Many farmers commented the moisture was well-timed, adding to soil moisture that would benefit crops preparing to overwinter.

The corn for grain harvest is 40% finished, or about five days ahead of average and three weeks ahead of last year.  Corn condition is rated 80% good to excellent.

Eight-five percent of the soybeans are in the bin as of Sunday, which is 18 days ahead of average and a month ahead of 2019.

The cranberry harvest is about wrapped up for the year, and most potato harvesting was finished a week ago.

Ninety-four percent of winter wheat is planted, with 71% of that emerging.

Pasture conditions dropped two points statewide with 52% rated good to excellent.

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