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Another Warm Spell Helped Wisconsin Farmers Last Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/10/2015

Another week of unseasonably warm temperatures last week thrusted farmers even further ahead with their fall fieldwork. According to the latest crop report from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service, average temperatures for the week were 11 to 14 degrees above normal at the five major weather stations. But widespread rain late in the week did interrupt some harvest progress.

Farmers were able to combine corn, shred stalks, till fields and apply manure when conditions allowed. But some reporters in northern and eastern parts of the state said fields were too wet to support machinery and that a hard freeze would be helpful.

Corn yields were reportedly looking excellent, with some reporters noting that elevators and co-ops were close to or above their storage capacity.

As of Sunday, corn harvested for grain had reached 76 percent complete, 19 days ahead of last year and three days ahead of the five-year average. Ninety percent of the winter wheat crop had emerged, 2 weeks ahead of last year. Winter wheat condition was rated 84 percent good to excellent, 1 percentage point higher than last week.

Fall tillage was at 63 percent complete, 13 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the five-year average.

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