Ag Chat with Bob Bosold -June 16

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 7:44 AM CDT
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This week’s Crop Progress Report shows the planting season is basically finished for this year as 95 of the corn plants around the country have already emerged and the crop is looking good with 71% of the crop rated good to excellent. For soybeans, 93% of the crop has been planted with 81% of the beans emerged. Soybeans are rated 77% good to excellent so far this year.

In Wisconsin, 98% of the corn is in—tat’s about 3 weeks ahead of where farmers were last year with their corn. And 93% of the corn is up as the crop is rated 82% in good to excellent condition. Soybeans planting is also about done with 96% of the beans in the ground—and like corn, that’s about 3 weeks ahead of last year. The beans are rated 85% good to excellent this week. State farmers have also made good progress putting up their first hay crop as about three quarters of that job is done—better than a week ahead of last year. And this week, topsoil moisture is rated 95% adequate to surplus with Southeast Wisconsin reporting some dry conditions.

16 states have now cancelled their annual state fairs. In the Midwest that includes, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. At the county level, the Clark County fair Board met last night and decided they will also be cancelling this year’s Clark County fair.

But there are some events being held in the area. Yesterday the Wisconsin Holstein Association held their District 1 and District 2 shows. At District 1 in Chippewa Falls, the grand champion cow was Ms D Angel Denisha ET, a 5 year old owned and shown by Bonnie VanDyk of New Richmond while the reserve champion was shown by Jake Kruschke, also from New Richmond. The Junior Champion of the Junior show was exhibited by Alissa Maier of Jim Falls with the reserve junior champion shown by Haley Lundgren of Cushing. About 150 animals were at yesterday’s show with the Kruschke family selected as the premier Breeder and Exhibitor. District 2 also held their show yesterday in Galesville with the District 4 show set for this morning at the Central Wisconsin State fairgrounds in Marshfield.

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