The progress of most Wisconsin crops continues to lag behind normal
Yesterday’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress
Report said the state’s corn-silking was 72 percent complete as of Sunday,
15 days behind last year and 11 days behind the five-year average. Fourteen percent of corn had reached the dough stage, which is 11 days behind last year and eight days behind average. The corn condition was rated 63 percent good to excellent, down 2 percent compared with last week.
The soybeans’ blooming was at 75 percent, 15 days behind last year and 14 days behind average. Fifty percent of soybeans were setting pods, which is 11 days behind average. The soybean condition was ranked 66 percent good to excellent, which is down 3 percent compared with last week. Ninety-eight
percent of oats was headed, with the oat condition at 71 percent good to
The state’s alfalfa harvest was 93 percent complete, which is 14
days behind last year and 10- days later than normal; the all-hay condition
was ranked 58 percent good to excellent.
The state’s pasture condition was ranked 63 percent good to excellent. The topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 14 percent
The statistics service also reported that 9 percent of Wisconsin’s potato
harvest is complete. That’s a week behind normal. The service ranked the
state’s potato condition at 83 percent good to excellent.