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Crop Summary: Fields Getting Too Wet for Harvest
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/10/2018

Farmers are going to have a difficult time getting their crops to dry down after another week of very wet weather in Wisconsin. The state's agriculture department says rain fell nearly every day during the past week. Temperatures also swung drastically, with highs hitting the mid 80s on Friday, but barely making it into the 50s on other days. Wet soil conditions continued to prevent farmers from chopping their corn or doing other activities.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated 64 percent adequate and 36 percent surplus. No areas of the state were short on moisture.

As of the weekend, 85 percent of the corn crop was mature, which is a whopping 17 days ahead of last year and 12 days better than the five-year average. Corn harvested for grain was 14 percent complete--two full weeks ahead of 2017 and five days ahead of normal. The weekly crop report indicated that corn moisture content for grain averaged 23 percent. Farmers also had 27 percent of their corn chopped for silage as of last week.

About 89 percent of the soybeans have dropped leaves. Farmers have harvested 17 percent of the bean crop so far, which is five days behind last year.

Crop scouts says just over half the winter wheat was planted, with a third already emerged.

In the hay fields, 87 percent of the fourth crop has been cut, which is two weeks behind last year, but one day ahead of the average

And fall tillage was reported at 14 percent complete, even with last year, but two days slower than usual.

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