Most of the state saw a dry week which enabled quick progress for harvesting hay and small grain crops. Portions of Northeast and East Central Wisconsin did receive rain, which helped alleviate some effects of drought. The Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA shares details on how things are looking.
Corn is currently reported at 83% silking, 5 days ahead of last year and two days ahead of the five-year average. Corn condition was down three points with 53 percent of the crop now good to excellent.
Soybeans are now observed at 86% blooming, equal to last year and one day ahead of the average. 42% of the soybean crop is setting pods now. Good to excellent ratings for soybeans are up one percent from last week at 52% in those categories.
In other crops, oats are 94% colored and already forty-three percent of the oat crop has been harvested. Oat harvest is currently 8 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the average. Oat condition rose 5 percentage points to hit 49% good to excellent. Winter wheat is now 76% harvested, one day ahead of last year and 1 day ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition was rated 66% good to excellent statewide, up 3 percent from last week.
The third cutting of alfalfa is nearing completion at 61% complete. All hay condition was reported 45% good to excellent statewide, equal to last week. Pasture condition was rated 32 good to excellent statewide, up 2 percent from last week.