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Crop Reporters Finally See Pollination, Corn Development
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/08/2017

Clear weather early in the past week allowed Wisconsin farmers to make good progress on combining small grains, baling hay, and harvesting forages. But in addition, corn pollination was in full swing and soybeans were setting pods, according to the state's latest crop/weather report.

Topsoil moisture levels were rated four percent short, 81 percent adequate and 15 percent surplus.

As of Sunday, 80 percent of the state's corn had reached the silking stage or beyond, which is more than a week behind last year. Seventeen percent of the crop has reached dough stage, also about four days behind 2016.

Eighty-seven percent of the state's soybeans were blooming, with 61 percent were setting pods.

Oats turning color was reported at ninety percent, one week behind last year. So far, the oat harvest is about 28 percent complete, nine days behind last year, and eight days behind the five-year average. The winter wheat harvested is also looking good, at 74 percent complete.

Meanwhile, the second cutting of hay and alfalfa reached 95 percent complete last week. Farmers say their third crop is just over half done, with many already on their fourth cutting of the season.

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