Rain slowed field work, helped crops emerge

Widespread rain across Wisconsin last week helped the winter wheat crop emerge but slowed field work, as farmers hurried to finish corn and soybean harvesting.

The crop progress report from the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Oct. 8 showed there were 4.7 days suitable for field work, down from the dry weeks in late September.

The rain didn’t seem to affect the harvest, thanks to dry weather earlier.

 

“This was the week to make corn silage as choppers were going in every direction,” a Shawano County report said.

A Kewaunee County farmer said silage corn had to be harvested because of the very warm and dry conditions in late September.

“The conditions matured the silage corn to the point where it had to be harvested to retain the moisture needed to properly ferment it,” the farmer said.

The corn crop has reached 94 percent dented or beyond, with 58 percent mature. Corn harvested for grain was at five percent, while corn for silage was at 72 percent. The crop was rated 69 percent good to excellent.

Leaves were turning color on 96 percent of the soybean crop, with 86 percent of the crop dropping leaves. The harvest was 32 percent complete, and the crop was rated 72 percent good to excellent.

 

Winter wheat was 64 percent planted and 37 percent emerged, both ahead of last year.

The potato harvest was 89 percent complete, fall tillage was 15 percent complete and the pasture condition was 54 percent good to excellent.

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Rain helped soil moisture numbers.

Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus, while subsoil moisture was rated 4 percent very short, 16 percent short, 75 percent adequate and 5 percent surplus.

 

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