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Wisconsin’s harvest continues

Good fall weather allowed Wisconsin’s farmers to make good progress with the harvest and fall tillage work.  USDA reporters say temperatures remained above normal around the state, as less than half an inch of rain fell in scattered areas and some far southeastern locations near the Illinois border that suffered severe drought got one-and-a-half inches of rain last week.  Eighty-four percent of Wisconsin’s topsoil has adequate moisture, with 8% short and 6% surplus.  Eighty-one percent of the state’s subsoil has adequate moisture.

Ninety-six percent of Wisconsin’s corn is mature and 32% of the corn for grain is harvested. Field reporters say the moisture content is averaging 20%.  Ninety-seven percent of the corn silage is harvested.

Wisconsin’s soybean harvest is 59% finished, which USDA says is six days ahead of average.  Farmers and agronomists have told Brownfield the soybean harvest would be farther along if they didn’t have as much trouble with green stems.

The potato harvesters made a lot of progress last week, and now have 93% of the crop out of the ground.

USDA says 35% of fall tillage is finished, and 86% of winter wheat is planted with 66% already emerged.

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