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Wisconsin Ag Connection - 10/11/2017

After several weeks of warm and dry weather, farmers were set back a bit last week from several storm systems that crossed the state. The Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service said in its weekly crop summary on Tuesday that the recent dry conditions pushed grain moisture levels down. However, the state has yet to experience a killing frost so there is still time for crops to develop.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated three percent very short, 18 percent short, 74 percent adequate and five percent surplus.

As of Sunday, reporters estimated that 94 percent of the corn has reached the dented stage or beyond. About 58 percent was reported mature, which is more than a week behind average. So far, five percent of the corn for grain has been harvested, while 72 percent has been chopped for silage.

In the soybean fields, 96 percent of the crop has turned color and 86 percent dropped leaves. Nearly a third of the beans have been combined as of last weekend--four days ahead of last year, but one day behind the five-year average.

Sixty-four percent of Wisconsin's winter wheat acres were planted, with emergence now at 37 percent complete.

Fall tillage was reported at 15 percent complete, which is about the same as the average for this time of the season.

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