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Wisconsin Farmers Bracing for Lower Harvest in '19
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/13/2019

The late planting season and unfavorable weather conditions this year will put a dent in the state's corn and soybean crops come harvest time. According to the USDA's latest crop production summary, farmers in the Badger State are expected to reap about 469 million bushels of corn in 2019. Yields are expected to average 165 bushels per acre, a decrease of 7.0 bushels per acre from last year. Planted area is estimated at 3.85 million acres, with only 2.84 million to be harvested for grain.

Total soybean production is forecast to be down 22 percent from last year at 83.7 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 47 bushels per acre, which is two bushels below 2018. Planted acreage is estimated at 1.80 million acres with 1.78 million acres to be harvested.

The same trends are being found in the winter wheat fields, where production will be down by nearly 3.5 million bushels from last year at 10.7 million bushels. Yields are forecast to average 63 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels from the July projections and 8.0 bushels lower than last season.

However, the state will likely harvest more oats. The August report shows production in Wisconsin will be around 7.41 million bushels, up 1.92 million bushels from last year. But yields will be 5.0 bushels per acre less at 57.0 bushels per acre.

Wisconsin hay yield for alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is forecast at 2.60 tons per acre, with a total production of 2.21 million tons--up 283,000 tons from 2018. The forecasted yield for other hay is 2.00 tons per acre, with a production of 1.10 million tons.

Nationally, corn production for grain is forecast at 13.9 billion bushels, down four percent from 2018. The soybean crop will be 20 percent less at 3.68 billion bushels.

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