Wisconsin rain delays harvest activity

A southwestern Wisconsin dairy farmer says some of his harvesting is done, but some crops will have to wait.

Michael Yager raises feed for his 350 dairy cows and some cash crops near Mineral Point.  He tells Brownfield his four-thousand tons of corn silage was quickly wrapped up two weeks ago. “They pulled in here late Friday night with equipment and we started at about nine-o-clock Saturday morning and they were done by five-o-clock Sunday afternoon.”

And although it was a dry year, he’s happy with the results. “Tonnage-wise, I was pleasantly surprised with it. I figured ours run, by the acres we had to chop to make that many tons, we chopped probably 25 to 26 tons per acre.”

And as for the other crops, “I haven’t seen any beans yet taken out down here. I think there are some that are getting close. I’m guessing we’ve had three inches of rain overnight here now.”

Yager says it will likely be a few days before he or his neighbors can get back in the fields.

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