Wisconsin crops improving after recent rains

Wisconsin farmers took advantage of the weather to harvest hay, oats, and wheat and other crops are progressing well.  USDA statistician Greg Bussler says Wisconsin’s corn silking was 95 percent complete as of Sunday. Sixty-four percent of corn had reached the dough stage, and nine percent of the corn had reached the dent stage. Corn condition was 55 percent good to excellent, equal to last week.

Ninety-four percent of the soybean crop has bloomed. Eighty percent of the soybean crop was setting pods, and overall soybean condition was rated 56 percent good to excellent, up 4 percent from last week.

Sixty-eight percent of the state’s oats for grain, ninety-five percent of the winter wheat crop has been harvested, and eighteen percent of the potato crop has been harvested.

The third cutting of alfalfa was 88 percent complete, and the fourth cutting of alfalfa was 26 percent complete. The Wisconsin all hay condition was reported 50 percent good to excellent statewide, six percent better than a week ago.

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