Most of Wisconsin saw measurable snowfall this past week, but temperatures remained 2 to 8 degrees above normal. Between the winter precipitation and the 2 inches of rain in northwest Wisconsin, farmers had about 5 days suitable for wrapping up the corn and soybean harvest, tilling, and applying manure.
Topsoil moisture condition rated 5 percent very short, 15 percent short, 77 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Subsoil moisture condition rated 10 percent very short, 13 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.
Eighty-six percent of corn for grain was harvested, the same as last year but two weeks ahead of the five-year average. Moisture content was reported at 17 percent. Soybean harvest was 97 percent complete.
Winter wheat was 96 percent emerged. Winter wheat condition rated 79 percent good to excellent, 1 percentage point below last week.
Fall tillage was 73 percent complete, four days ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the five-year average.