Wisconsin crops need more heat & time

USDA reporters still have concerns about Wisconsin’s crops.  There are several reports about farmers running low or out of silage, and some are harvesting a portion of their corn silage whether it’s ready or not.  Last week was a good week for making hay, and there are expectations of getting even more hay this week.  USDA says 70% of Wisconsin’s third crop has been harvested. 

The cooler weather has helped hay, but reporters say the corn really needs more heat.  The corn ranges from just starting to tassel to dented, depending on what part of the state it’s in.  Overnight lows have dipped into the upper 30’s near the Michigan upper peninsula border, and 40’s elsewhere, with daytime highs in the mid-’70s. 

Corn silking is now 92% complete with 61% in the dough stage and 18% dented.

Soybeans are 20 days behind average with 81% setting pods.

Winter wheat harvest is nearly finished, and 2% of the new crop is planted.

In the Central Sands region, the USDA says the snap bean harvest is nearly complete and sweet corn is being picked. 

Several farmers are reportedly applying manure on unplanted acres and recently harvested acres, and there are several efforts to plant a cover crop with hopes of harvesting forage before the snow flies.

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