Crop Report: Same Story, Different Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/20/2013
Wisconsin farm fields are now entering a fifth week without adequate heat and measurable precipitation. Monday's crop report from the state agriculture department now says 59 percent of the soil is short to very short of moisture compared to 44 percent last week.
Average temperatures last week were about five degrees below normal for this time of year. Precipitation totals ranged from 0.01 inches in Green Bay to 1.15 inches in Milwaukee.
Reporters say late planted crops continues to lag behind normal development as heat is still needed for successful pollination. Corn was 88 percent silking and 25 percent in dough stage statewide as of Sunday. About one percent of the crop was in dent stage, compared to 18 percent last year and a five year
average of nine percent.
Soybeans were 86 percent blooming and 61 percent setting pods. Oats are now 60 percent harvested, with most reporters noting good yields.
And the cool and dry conditions are also impacting pasture and third crop hay quality.