Rain Boosted Crop Conditions

Most of the state recently saw much needed rain, helping to reduce stress from the dry conditions in corn and soybeans. This is according to the most recent update from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending August 7, 2022.

The report shared that Wisconsin had 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork this past week as farmers continued to harvest small grains.

Winter wheat harvested for grain was 76 percent, 1 week behind last year but even with the average.

Oats coloring was at 94 percent, 2 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of the average. Oat harvested for grain was 30 percent, 5 days behind last year and 3 days behind the average. Oat condition was 78 percent good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from last week.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 5 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 8 percent very short, 20 percent short, 70 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus.

Corn silking was 77 percent, 9 days behind last year and 3 days behind the 5-year average. Twenty percent of corn had reached the dough stage, 1 week behind last year and 3 days behind the average. Corn condition was 76 percent good to excellent statewide, down 1 percentage point from last week.

Soybeans blooming was 87 percent, 1 week behind last year but even with the average. Soybeans setting pods was 57 percent, 8 days behind last year and 2 days behind the average. Soybean condition was 74 percent good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from last week.

Potatoes harvested was at 10 percent, 4 days behind last year and 2 days behind the average. Potato condition was 92 percent good to excellent, down 3 percentage points from last week.

The second cutting of alfalfa was reported at 98 percent complete, 3 days behind last year but 1 week ahead of the average. The third cutting was 62 percent complete, 1 day ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the average.

All hay condition was reported 78 percent good to excellent condition, up 1 percentage point from last week.

Pasture condition was rated 68 percent good to excellent, even with last week.