Nearly every day last week in Wisconsin was suitable for the last legs of the harvest and preparing the fields for winter, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The latest crop condition report shows most of the state was dry. Only the far north central area got measurable precipitation. Temperatures were near normal as the corn and soybean harvest continued. The weather was favorable for continued tilling and manure application, too.
More than three-quarters of corn for grain was harvested. That’s a day ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the five-year average. USDA NASS reports moisture content was at 18 percent. Soybean harvest is wrapping up at 93 percent complete.
Winter wheat was 92 percent emerged. Winter wheat condition rated 80 percent good to excellent, 1 percentage point above last week.
Fall tillage was 61 percent complete, three days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the five-year average.