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Ideal Week to Chop Corn Silage
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/22/2015

Clear skies and daytime temperatures in the 80s provided perfect conditions for farmers to chop corn silage over the past week. The weekly crop report from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service noted that about a third of the crop has been harvested for silage as of Sunday, which is nine days ahead of last year, but slightly behind the five-year average.

There was some rain in parts of the state on Thursday, coupled with another storm tracking across the south of the state on Friday. Reporters noted that up to five inches of rain fell in areas of the state last week. That brought topsoil moistures levels to six percent short to very short on average, compared to 12 percent the previous week.

The report further noted that 36 percent of the soybean crop was dropping leaves. About 16 percent of winter wheat planting was complete. And the fourth cutting of alfalfa was 73 percent harvested, the second fastest pace in more than 35 years

Meanwhile, fall tillage was off to a good start at seven percent of the ground now worked up.

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