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Wisconsin dry-down continues

Oct. 2, 2012 | 0 comments



No rain fell in Wisconsin last week, continuing the almost relentless pattern that is drying up the land, crops, pastures and many farmers’ hopes for a bountiful harvest.

The word "dry" reverberated through the Oct. 1 "Wisconsin Crop Progress Report" as farm reporters and county ag agents across Wisconsin described how the drought was impacting harvests and fall tillage.

"Great weather for harvesting; terrible weather for crops next year. There is no moisture in the soil to start next year’s crops," the reporter from Barron County shared.

It was too dry for fall tillage in Burnet County, "dry, dry, dry conditions again" in Columbia County, and very dry soil conditions in Dodge County.

"It has been a devastating year for all crops. No apples, very little corn and tiny soybeans," the reporter from Waukesha County relayed.

Soil moistures dropped to 83 percent short or very short statewide, compared to 78 percent the prior week. In county after county, reporters said the topsoil held very little moisture.

Madison is running 8.61 inches of precipitation below normal for the year, while Eau Claire has a current deficit of 6.72 inches and La Crosse is 6.71 inches below normal.

In Vernon County, farmers were taking cattle off pasture land because little to no grass was available.

The week ending Sept. 30 at 7 a.m. was slightly cooler than average with 6.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

Average high temperatures ranged from 66 to 71 degrees, with La Crosse and Madison topping out at 81. Average lows swung from 33 to 47 degrees, with Eau Claire dipping to 29 degrees, La Crosse to 31 and Madison to 32.

Farmers took advantage of the sunny days and dry field conditions to push progress on the corn and soybean harvest to well above five-year averages.

Combines and choppers were running non-stop in Washington County, while corn and soybeans were coming off and manure was going on in Clark County. "Yields have been good, not great, considering the conditions the crop grew in during the season," that reporter observed.

Frost in Sheboygan County has helped even out the color of all corn from half green to all dry, that reporter said, noting stalks are short with no ears where water was lacking.

September closed out with 81 percent of the state’s corn crop mature and 23 percent harvested for grain, compared to the five-year averages of 54 percent mature and seven percent harvested for grain.

Corn silage was 94 percent harvested, compared to the five-year average of 69 percent.

The high moisture corn harvest is progressing rapidly and plant moistures were dropping quickly. The crop was reportedly coming off quickly in Columbia County, with many fields down to about 25 percent moisture.

Farmers were also chopping stocks and baling to supplement short feed supplies.

In some areas of Wisconsin, soybeans were being hauled off the fields before corn, pushing harvest levels from the previous week’s mark of 14 percent to 42 percent. That compares to zero percent last year and is far above the five-year average of seven percent.

As with corn, reporters told of soybeans drying down very rapidly and moisture levels coming in low.

Columbia County reported "a real mixed bag of yields and moisture levels". Bean moisture was 10 percent in some fields and between 13-15 percent in others, and some fields had green bean seeds mixed with dry mature seeds.

In Vernon County, soybean yields swung from a low of 20 bushels per acre to a high of 70 bushels for an average of 50-55 bushels per acre. Better than expected yields were reported in Shawano County.

By the time the calendar flipped to October, 95 percent of the state’s fourth cutting of hay was in the barn, as well as 35 percent of fifth cutting. In comparison, the five-year average for fourth cutting on Sept. 30 is 65 percent. There is no five-year average for fifth.

Reporters in northern and central Wisconsin commented that the final cutting of hay was being taken after recent frosts, but there has been little growth because of the lack of moisture.

Farmers almost doubled the amount of land tilled by the end of September, with 13 percent of fall tillage completed state-wide, compared to the five-year average of seven percent.

In Manitowoc County, farmers were also harvesting sorghum-sudan grass that had been planted after wheat. Squash was being harvested in Waupaca County with yields running heavier than average.

The potato harvest continued in Oneida, Langlade, Dunn and Portage counties, while the cranberry harvest kicked off in Portage, as well as Sawyer, Oneida and Juneau counties. However, a lack of available water was reportedly slowing the process in some areas.

In Oneida County, the colors were peaking, folks were enjoying weekend tours of the cranberry harvest and local vendors were offering cranberry wine, fresh table stock, jams, jellies and relishes.

The weekly "Wisconsin Crop Progress Report" is a cooperative effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection and the National Weather Service.

It is produced at National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Wisconsin field office under the direction of Robert Battaglia.

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