Good Weather To Start Harvest

The majority of the past week was suitable for fieldwork as temps were normal to above normal statewide, and precipitation only hit sections of southern and northern Wisconsin.

Corn silage hay, and winter wheat are receiving the most attention, with row crop harvest beginning in some areas, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Corn is almost all in the dough stage or beyond. Ninety percent of corn is dented, a day ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the 5-year average. Thirty-six percent of corn was mature, two days ahead of average. Harvest has begun with 1 percent harvested.

Corn condition was 75 percent good to excellent, 1 percentage point above last week.

More than half of corn silage is harvested, just over a week ahead of the average.

Soybeans are reported 90 percent coloring, a day ahead of last year and nine days ahead of the average. More than half of soybeans are dropping leaves, four days ahead of the average. Soybean harvest is 2 percent complete.

Soybean condition was 73 percent good to excellent, the same as last week.

Over half of the state’s potatoes are harvested. Potato condition is rated 86 percent good to excellent, even with last week.

Winter wheat planting was nearly 30 percent complete, nine days behind last year but two days ahead of the average. Twelve percent of winter wheat was emerged, three days ahead of the average.

The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay is 82 percent complete, 10 days ahead of the 5-year average.

Pasture condition was rated 63 percent good to excellent, 3 percentage points above last week.

Fall tillage was reported at 2 percent complete.