Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - September 17

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- The corn and soybean crops continue to struggle to get to the finish line this year. This week's Crop Progress Report shows corn is rated 55% good to excellent this week-down 3% from a week ago. Only 18% of the corn across the country is now considered mature or safe from frost. Last year 51% of the crop was mature by now. 68% of the corn has dented but in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and South Dakota, less than 50% of the corn has dented. The condition of the soybean crop didn't change much over the past week as 53% of the crop is now rated good to excellent. Last week that rating was 54%. Both crops are in their worst condition for this time of year since 2013.

In Wisconsin the corn crop is rated 64% good to excellent this week-down 3% from last week. Reporters say 78% of the corn has reached the dough stage, 19 days behind last year, 47% of the crop has dented-17 days behind a year ago and just 2% of the crop is considered mature. The state soybean crop is rated 67% good to excellent this week-also down 3% from last week. But like corn, the beans are way behind. 88% of the plants are setting pods-28 days behind last year, 33% are turning color-12 days behind and 6% of the plants are dropping leaves-also 12 days behind. State farmers have also made 90% of their 3rd hay crop, 38% of their 4th crop, harvested 5% of their corn silage, 82% of their oats and planted 10% of their winter wheat. Topsoil moisture this week is rated 98% adequate to surplus with Southeastern parts of the state reporting any real dry conditions.

Some area UW-Extension County agricultural agents were recognized for their work at last week's National Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Former Eau Claire County Agent Mark Hagedorn received the group's Distinguished Service Award. Hagedorn recently left his Eau Claire position to become Wisconsin's first UW Division of Extension state dairy program director. Also receiving recognition was Chippewa County Ag Agent jerry Clark for his audio programming while Katie Wantoch of Dunn County was given a communication award for her personal column and regional newsletter. Clark was also seated as the group's North Central region director. That is a 2 year term.