Hot Summer Days Now Making Soils Too Dry
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/16/2013
Another week of hot summer heat helped late-planted crops take off in Wisconsin farm fields, but now some areas are in need of moisture once again. This week's crop progress report shows that crops were still lagging behind normal development. Delays to fieldwork and excessive moisture earlier in the growing season have reportedly caused wide variations in crop condition and progress across various counties.
The average temperatures last week ranged between two to four degrees above normal with high temps at 82 to 87 degrees. Precipitation totals ranged from 0.06 inches in Eau Claire to 1.66 inches in Madison.
Corn was 44 inches tall on average, with two percent of that crop now silking. That's compared to 32 percent last year and a five-year average of 14 percent.
Soybeans were 98 percent emerged and 13 percent blooming. Some late planting of soybeans was reported.
Oats were 85 percent headed. Statewide, about two percent of oats were harvested for grain, compared to 28 percent last year and a seven percent average for this time of year.
And first cutting alfalfa was 97 percent harvested. About a third of the second cutting is now off the fields as well.