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Fall Harvest Now in Full Swing Around Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/03/2017

The hot weather conditions may have come and gone, but farmers were still able to take advantage of the nice weather last week to bring their harvest season to full-throttle. According to the latest crop/weather report, most of Wisconsin's corn and soybeans were progressing closer to maturity, though some late planted crops were still behind. The dry weather also allowed the silage harvests to ramp up, while others kept busy planting winter wheat and applying manure.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated eight percent very short, 25 percent short, 65 percent adequate and two percent surplus.

As of Sunday, 89 percent of the state's corn had reached the dented stage, which is nearly a week behind normal. About 41 percent of the crop was considered mature. Reporters estimate that 56 percent of the corn is now harvested--11 days slower than the five-year average.

In the soybean fields, about 93 percent of the crop has turned color and 71 percent are dropping leaves. Around 16 percent of the total bean harvest is now complete, which is ahead of last year, but around average for this time of season.

Just over half of the winter wheat acres were planted, with emergence at 27 percent complete.

The fourth cutting of alfalfa was also reported at 94 percent complete, 12 days ahead of last year.

And crop scouts say 11 percent of the fall tillage is complete.

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