By: Bob Meyer
After two weeks of above-normal temperatures to begin the month; the third week of October averaged 3 degrees below normal in Wisconsin. A killing frost reported as far south as Sauk and Columbia Counties. Up to 2 inches of rain fell last week with topsoil moisture now 67 percent adequate, 6 percent surplus and 20 percent short.
The Wisconsin corn crop is 97 percent dented and 79 percent mature, should be 100 percent dented and 91 percent mature by now. Corn-for-grain harvest is 27 percent complete compared to the five-year average of 35 percent for this date. Yields vary greatly and a lot of the stalks are still green. The crop is rated 44 percent good to excellent condition, 29 percent fair.
Soybeans are rated 43 percent good to excellent condition and 29 percent fair in the Badger State. 99 percent of the leaves have turned color with 92 percent dropped. Both numbers should be 100 percent by now. Soybean combining is 40 percent behind where it should be with 53 percent of the beans harvested and widely varying yields reported.
Fourth crop hay is 84 percent harvested, reporters say the rain and warm weather the first two weeks of the month certainly helped the alfalfa get ready for winter.