Early Snow Affected Harvest Across The State

Snow in some portions of the state increased crop moisture and also slowed fieldwork. That’s according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending on November 5, 2023. Fieldwork included fall tillage and continued harvesting corn and soybeans. Wisconsin had 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork

Topsoil moisture condition rated 3 percent very short, 12 percent short, 73 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 9 percent very short, 25 percent short, 62 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

Ninety-eight percent of the corn crop was mature. The corn for grain harvest was 50 percent complete, 1 day behind last year and 2 days behind the five-year average. Moisture content of corn harvested for grain was 21 percent. Corn condition was 54 percent good to excellent, equal to last week.

The soybean harvest was 83 percent complete, 8 days behind last year and 1 day behind the average.

Ninety-seven percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted. Eighty-one percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, 4 days behind last year but 4 days ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition was 67 percent good to excellent, up 2 percent from last week.

Fall tillage was 45 percent complete, 11 days behind last year and 2 days behind the average.