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Wisconsin’s harvest and fall tillage progresses in good weather

Last week started warm but ended with a cold weekend as farmers continued getting crops harvested.

Greg Bussler at USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service in Madison says many farmers were harvesting corn, applying manure, and working on fall tillage in the early part of the week ending Sunday. 

Wisconsin’s corn for grain is now 71% harvested and the moisture average is 19%.  The harvest is behind last year’s pace but two days ahead of the average.

Soybeans and potatoes are done.

Winter wheat emergence is now at 94%, and 84% of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Farmers are running about two weeks ahead of average with fall tillage, with 71% of the tillage already done.

Topsoil moisture going into the cold weather is 75% adequate and 7% surplus with 16% of the farmland short of moisture.  Subsoil moistures are comparable.

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