Harvest ramps up across the state

Colleen Kottke

A wide open window of warm, dry weather has helped speed up crop maturity.

Despite cooler weather and widespread rain showers across the state, the corn silage harvest continued to race towards completion.

Dry and sunny weather allowed the corn silage and soybean harvests to ramp up, and the fourth cuttings of hay to near completion. Meanwhile potatoes, apples and fall vegetables were being gathered by producers, according to the "Wisconsin Crop Progress & Condition Report".

Seasonal temperatures returned after a cold front pushed through the state, bringing light scattered showers. Daytime high temperatures fell from the upper 80s to the 60s, and overnight lows dropped into the 30s in northern Wisconsin.

Reporters across the state noted that crops were progressing towards maturity though some late planted crops were still behind.

"Corn silage harvesting is beginning to pick up, however, moisture is slow to drop," said the reporter from Sheboygan/Ozaukee and Washington counties.

According to the report, 88 percent of Wisconsin's corn has reached the dented stage, five days behind schedule. Forty-one percent was reported reaching maturity, about a week behind the average.

Corn acres harvested for silage were reported at 56 percent complete.

"With summer-like weather and dry conditions this past week, corn silage harvest is in full swing. As corn comes off, manure is going on," said the reporter from Dodge County.

Leaves were turning color on 93 percent of the state's soybean acreage, 9 days behind last year, and three days behind average. Soybean harvest was reported at 16 percent complete.

The reporter from Manitowoc county observed that only a couple of soybean fields had been harvested. However that "should chance this next week if the weather cooperates".

Fall vegetables including this field of cabbage in Fond du Lac county were being harvested across the state thanks to the warm, dry weather this fall.

Test weights and moistures of soybeans harvested in Walworth county have been reported as being very good, especially those fields that were planted early in spring.

Over half of the Wisconsin's winter wheat acres have been planted, a week head of last year. The report noted that 27 percent of planted acres had already emerged.