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Wisconsin’s hay and potato harvests continue

The harvest continues for hay, potatoes, and oats in Wisconsin as corn and soybeans continue to mature.

The third crop of alfalfa hay is 87% cut, which is 9 days ahead of average.  About 12% of the fourth crop alfalfa is also cut.  The all hay condition is improving after recent scattered rains, with 80% of the crop in good to excellent condition.

USDA reporters say 94% of the state’s corn is silking with 59% reaching the dough stage.  Eleven percent of the corn has dented.  Seventy-seven percent of the corn is in good to excellent condition.

Ninety-six percent of the soybeans are blooming with 84% setting pods.  Seventy-eight percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition, which is a slight improvement over a week ago.

The potato harvest is now 15% finished, which is eight days behind average.  Eighty-nine percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition.

Sixty-six percent of the state’s oats for grain are in the bin, with 81% of the crop in good to excellent condition.  More than 93% of winter wheat is also out of the field now.

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