October weather slows harvest across the nation

Published: Nov. 3, 2020 at 7:16 AM CST
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - Some unfriendly weather in some parts of the country slowed the harvest a little last week but farmers are still ahead of the average pace for getting the corn and soybeans off. Farmers did harvest another 10% of the corn crop. That means 82% of the crop is now in the bin-13% ahead of their 5 year average. Illinois is the furthest along with 89% of their corn harvested while Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota are also over 80% done. The soybean harvest was a little slower last week as farmers only moved ahead with that job by 4%. But that still means 87% of the beans have been combined with North Dakota and Nebraska finished with their beans and Minnesota is 99% done. Iowa and South Dakota are at 97%. Farmers around the country are also ahead with their fall plantings of winter wheat with 89% of the crop planted and 71% of those plants already emerged.

In Wisconsin farmers have 55% of their corn for grain harvested-22 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of our 5 year average. The moisture content of the corn was averaging 20% for the week. And the crop is rated 81% in good to excellent condition. The soybean harvest around the state is now 91% finished-more than 4 weeks ahead of last year and 2 weeks ahead of our 5 year average. State farmers are also about a month ahead with their winter wheat plantings as 97% of that job is done. 78% of those winter wheat plants have already emerged-again about 4 weeks ahead of normal. This week’s Crop Progress Report also shows state farmers are well ahead of normal with their fall tillage with 49% of that job done. Topsoil moisture is also in good shape this week as it’s rated 91% adequate to surplus, 8% short and 1 % very short.

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