Needed Moisture Slowed Fieldwork

All that rain last week slowed fieldwork across Wisconsin, according to the latest crop progress report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The rain brought needed soil moisture. Topsoil moisture condition rated 87 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 70 percent adequate to surplus.

With the average 2.8 days suitable to get work done, farmers continued the corn and soybean harvest, wheat planting, and field tilling.

Ninety-six percent of the corn crop was mature. The corn for grain harvest was 35 percent complete, equal to last year but three days behind the 5-year average. Moisture content of corn harvested for grain was 23 percent. Corn condition was 54 percent good to excellent, up 4 percent from last week.

Corn for silage harvest was 98 percent finished.

The soybean harvest was 77 percent done, five days behind last year but two days ahead of the average.

Ninety-three percent of the winter wheat crop has been planted. Seventy-two percent of the winter wheat crop has emerged, three days behind last year but two days ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition was 65 percent good to excellent, equal to last week.

Ninety-seven percent of the potato crop has been harvested.

Pasture condition was rated 33 good to excellent statewide, up 3 percent from last week.

Fall tillage was 36 percent complete, 11 days behind last year and three days behind the average.