Cool, But Dry Conditions Remain in the Fields
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/12/2017
Still in need of some growing degree days, Wisconsin's corn crop did not get the warm weather it needed for maturity since the Labor Day weekend. The state agriculture department said on Monday's crop/weather report that overnight temperatures are now
dropping in the 40s throughout the state. That means late-planted crops are struggling to develop in time for the upcoming harvest. There were also some reports of white mold in soybean fields.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated two percent very short, nine percent short, 83 percent adequate and six percent surplus.
As of Sunday, 86 percent of the corn has reached the dough stage or beyond, with 48 percent now dented. A few more reports of corn being chopped for silage have been confirmed.
Leaves were turning color on about a third of the state's soybean acreage. That's nearly a week behind the average. Nonetheless, about 77 percent of the beans are looking good to excellent.
An estimated 93 percent of the oats have been harvested for grain and 11 percent of the winter wheat is now through the combine. The potato harvest remains ahead of last year at 40 percent complete.
And all but three percent of the third crop is now off the alfalfa fields, with fourth cutting now just over half done.