Hot, dry weather pushing crops to maturity

A week of record-breaking heat in Wisconsin was good news for farmers waiting for the state’s major crops to mature.

The crop progress report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 24 said crops were “maturing and drying down rapidly” thanks to temperatures that reached the upper 80s and low 90s all across the state.

“The corn silage harvest was taking off, with some producers combining soybeans in southern Wisconsin,” the report said.

 

Ninety-five percent of the corn crop was at the dough stage or beyond, with 80 percent at the dent stage and 23 percent mature.

Corn acres harvested for silage was 34 percent complete, and the crop condition was at 69 percent good to excellent.

“The warmest weather of the crop year pushed maturation of the row crops, and set corn silage harvest to overdrive,” a Fond du Lac/Washington counties report said.

The soybean crop was maturing at a good clip, with 81 percent leaves turning color and 46 percent leaves dropping. The harvest was just getting started. The crop was rated 74 percent good to excellent.

“Soybeans have made a big change this week, with lots of color showing up and leaf drop starting,” a Rusk County report said.

 

Winter wheat was 39 percent planted and 18 percent emerged, both numbers far ahead of last year.

The potato harvest was 64 percent complete, pasture was 56 percent good to excellent and the fourth cutting of alfalfa was 89 percent complete. Soil moisture was drying out, and some parts of Wisconsin were considered to be in drought condition, in the far southeast corner and southwest region.

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Topsoil moisture was rated at 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 68 percent adequate and three percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture was rated at 3 percent very short, 20 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

 

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