With the agricultural statistical services back in service after the partial shutdown of the federal government, reports were issued this week from data that had been collected before the shutdown.
Small grains yields and stocks were among the reports issued this week.
In Wisconsin, the yield per acre and total production data was mixed for this year's three major small grains crops - winter wheat, oats, and barley.
One observation that stood out was that the state's oats harvest was the smallest since recordkeeping for the crop that began in 1866.
Winter wheat yields in Wisconsin dropped to an average of 58 bushels per acre compared to 75 bushels in 2012. The number of harvested acres was up by 20,000 to 265,000 but the total production was 15.37 million bushels compared to 18.375 million bushels in 2012.
The state's average per acre yield was its lowest since 2005.
For the 2013 winter wheat crop in the United States, the average yield of 47.4 bushels per acre was up by .1 bushel from 2012.
Harvested acres were down by 2.32 million to 32.402 million and the year's production was a bit more than 1.534 billion bushels compared to over 1.641 billion bushels in 2012.
Wisconsin farmers planted 255,000 acres of oats this year but only 105,000 of them were harvested for grain.
The average per acre yield was up by five bushels to 65 but the total production was 6.825 million bushels compared to 7.8 million in 2012.
Across the United States, the 2013 oats production of just over 66 million bushels was the third lowest on record.
This year's per acre average yield was 64 bushels from 1.031 million acres, which is the second lowest on record. The 2012 crop was 64.024 million bushels from 1.045 million harvested acres.
In Wisconsin, farmers harvested 16,000 of the 33,000 planted acres of barley for grain.
The average yield of 49 bushels per acre (44 bushels in 2012) put the state's production at 784,000 bushels compared in 660,000 bushels in 2012, when 15,000 of the 33,000 planted acres were harvested for grain.
Barley posted the highest small grains average yield per acre this year in the United States with 71.7 bushels per acre compared to 67.9 bushels a year ago.
The 3 million harvested acres provided a total yield of 215.078 million bushels. This was down from the 220.284 million bushels in 2012, when 3.244 million acres were harvested for grain.
The latest statistics report also showed a mixed picture on grain storage in Wisconsin but a consistent one for the nation as a whole. The numbers were current as of Sept. 1.
Wisconsin farmers and commercial enterprises had 44.26 million bushels of corn in storage as of Sept. 1 compared to 50.8 million bushels a year earlier.
Soybeans in storage were up by 12 percent to 4.84 million bushels while oats in storage in Wisconsin totaled 8.295 million bushels compared to 11.477 million bushels a year earlier.
For the United States as of Sept. 1, storage totals were 823.642 million bushels for corn, 104.598 million for soybeans, 1.854 billion for all wheat, 63.445 million bushels for oats, and 196.444 million bushels for barley.
All were down by double digit percentages from a year earlier except for barley, which was down minimally.