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Farmers Beginning to Return to the Fields After Wet Weather
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/12/2018

Even more flooding occurred in areas of the state last week following multiple weeks of heavy rains throughout Wisconsin. But other sections of the Badger State are finally drying out, which is helping farmers get back to their fall harvest activity. According to the weekly crop/weather report, which was released a day late this week due to a technical issue at USDA, sunny weather during the second half of the week helped to firm up wet soils.

Reporters say that previously dry pastures are bouncing back, and corn and soybeans were maturing rapidly with abundant soil moisture and cool nights.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated at two percent short, 68 percent adequate and 30 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, all but eight percent of the corn had reached the dough stage, which is a week ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Seventy percent of the crop was dented--also better than normal. So far, 12 percent of the corn has been chopped for silage.

In the soybean fields, just over half of the crop has turned color and 14 percent of the beans are dropping leaves.

Farmers have combined 92 percent of their oats so far and 13 percent of the winter wheat was planted.

Meanwhile, 93 percent of the third cutting of alfalfa was harvested. That's seven days behind last year, but even with the average. Nearly half of the fourth crop has also been taken off the fields.

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