Wisconsin Farmers Facing More Harvest Delays
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/06/2018
The fall harvest began to pick up steam last week in the Badger State as saturated fields were drying out. But it wouldn't last long, as precipitation hit virtually every corner of the state by Saturday evening and Sunday. This week's crop report from the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service noted that farmers were working last week to bring in their soybeans and corn, though they still struggled with wet soil conditions. Soil compaction and rutting were widely reported, as well as some ponding in winter wheat plantings.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 76 percent adequate and 24 percent surplus. No areas were short of moisture, according to the summary.
As of Sunday, corn harvested for grain was 59 percent complete, which is 10 days ahead of last year and four days better than the five-year average. The moisture content of corn harvested for grain was reported at 20 percent.
In the soybean fields, 78 percent of that crop is now through the combine. That's a full week slower than normal.
Ninety-two percent of winter wheat was planted, also nearly a week behind schedule. About 74 percent of the crop has emerged and looking good to excellent.
The fourth cutting of alfalfa was all but two-percent complete. And over a third of the fall tillage is now done, which is about a week slower than average.