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Fall Harvest Continues to Progress Nicely
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/28/2021

Wisconsin had six days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 26, which helped farmers continue their fall harvest activity in full swing. The latest crop/progress report by the Wisconsin Ag Statistics Service noted that precipitation varied widely, from over three inches to less than a quarter-inch in some areas. Corn for grain and silage, as well as soybeans and hay are coming off the fields, while fall tillage and manure spreading are proceeding.

Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 11 percent very short, 17 percent short, 69 percent adequate and three percent surplus.

As of Sunday, all but four percent of the corn was dented and 61 percent was considered mature across the state. Harvest for grain is five percent complete, which is two days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the average. Farmers also have 80 percent of the corn for silage through the chopper. That's also ahead of normal for late-September.

About 97 percent of the soybeans are coloring and 80 percent are dropping leaves. The bean harvest is 11 percent complete. That's two days ahead of both last year and the five-year average.

Winter wheat planting was 42 percent complete, with 18 percent of the crop emerged. Farmers also have 89 percent of their fourth alfalfa crop off the fields.

And fall tillage has begun, with 10 percent of the ground worked up. That's a week better than last year and four days further than normal.

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