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Crop Report: Farm Fields Saw Spotty Showers Last Week
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/07/2018

Though most of the state is still in need of rain, some shower activity did pop up throughout areas of Wisconsin during the past week. The latest crop/weather summary was posted on Monday, stating that temperatures were below normal and precipitation continued to be spotty and inconsistent. However, many farmers were able to make hay, straw and harvest small grains. Some reporters also noted that weed control is becoming an issue, as well as insect damage.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated two percent very short, 19 percent short, 77 percent adequate and two percent surplus.

As of Sunday, about 87 percent of the corn had reached the silking stage, which is five days ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Twenty-eight percent of the crop has reached the dough stage and most of the corn was rated good to excellent.

In the soybean fields, 88 percent of that crop has now bloomed. That's also slightly ahead of normal. Sixty-four percent of the beans were setting pods, statewide.

All but seven percent of the oats have turned color and over a third of the crop has already been harvested for grain. Winter wheat harvest was reported as 82 percent complete with harvest now in full swing.

And the second cutting of alfalfa was 96 percent complete, with over half of the third crop also off the ground. Some farmers have even began their fourth cutting as of last week.

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