Warm, dry days help soybean harvest along

Colleen Kottke

Harvest is in full swing across the state as farmers made progress bringing in the soybean crop, thanks to a window of warm weather early last week.

Soybeans are harvested in the Town of Taycheedah about eight miles north of Fond du Lac last week.

Unfortunately a stretch of cold, rainy weather this week has caused combines, tractors, and manure spreaders to sit idle.

For the week ending Oct. 22, 2017, farmers across the state took advantage of sunny, dry and warm weather. In many areas, temperatures reached into the upper 70s, helping try dry out muddy fields.

Choppers were busy making silage in late planted cornfields, with the completed corn acres for silage reported as 87 percent complete, according the the USDA National Ag Statistics Service Wisconsin Crop Progress and Condition report.

Frost in the northern counties helped to speed along dry down of corn plants, according to reporters in Clark, Florence and Forest counties.

"Hard frost early in the week combined with temperatures of 20 degrees above normal helped dry standing corn fast," said the Florence/Forest county reporter.

Eighty-two percent of Wisconsin's corn was reporter as being mature, nine days behind the average. According to the report, just 15 percent of corn acres were harvested for grain - over two weeks behind schedule.  The moisture content of corn harvested for grain averaged around 25 percent.

Big gains were made in soybean fields. The soybean harvest was reported at 64 percent complete.

"Lots of soybeans harvested with grain moistures reported at 10-14 percent," said the Barron County reporter.

Over in Clark County in the Central Sands region, the soybean harvest was humming along.

"By the end of the week a major portion of the soybean acres were harvested," the reporter noted.

At the southern end of Wisconsin in Walworth County, the soybean harvest was wrapping up with yields ranging from 30-50 bu/acre.

"Producers found a lot of holes that were drowned out in July which brought down yields," the Walworth County reporter observed.