By: Bob Meyer
Intermittent showers made hay-making a bit of challenge in Wisconsin last week yet topsoil moisture declined a little. The National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Field Office says as of Sunday, 25 percent is surplus compared to 30 percent a week ago. Reporters across the state say second-crop alfalfa looks great with 44 percent of it harvested compared to 58 percent for the five-year average. Just three percent of the first crop is yet to be made. Overall the hay crop is rated 88 percent in good to excellent condition.
The Badger State corn crop is 77 percent good to excellent condition with tassels starting to show up across the state. 5 percent has silked compared to 12 percent for the five-year average for this date, we could use some more heat although that is obviously not going to happen this week. Waukesha County reports corn is 4-feet tall.
The soybeans are 24 percent blooming, three points ahead of the five-year average and one percent is setting pods. The beans are 74 percent good to excellent condition.
90 percent of the oats are headed with 36 percent turning color. 79 percent of the winter wheat is turning color.
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