Ag Chat with Scott Schultz - July 23

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- Last week's hot and humid conditions boosted Wisconsin’s crop growth, with frequent thunderstorms interrupting field works and hay harvesting. The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported in its weekly crop progress and condition report that corn-silking in the state was at 10 percent complete, 12 days behind last year and eight days behind the five-year average. Wisconsin’s corn condition was rated 60 percent good to excellent, which was unchanged from last week’s report. Ninety-six percent of the state’s soybeans have emerged, with soybean blooming reported at 29 percent – 13 days behind last year and 11 days behind average. One percent of the soybeans were setting pods. The soybean condition was 62 percent good to excellent, down 2 percent from last week’s report. The second cutting of alfalfa hay was reported at 62 percent complete, 11 days later than last year and nine days later than the average. The all-hay condition was rated at 49 percent good to excellent, which is 2 percent higher than lat week’s report. The state’s topsoil moisture was reported at 2 percent short, 71 percent adequate and 27 percent surplus.

June’s milk production in Wisconsin was 2.57 billion pounds, down a percent from June of 2018, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Services’s milk production report issued yesterday. The average number of milk-cows in the state during June was 1.27 million head, down 1,000 compared with May and down 6,000 compared with the same time in 2018. Wisconsin cow’s production averaged 2,030 pounds during June, which was the same production reported during June of 2018.

The really big show that’s Wisconsin’s Farm Technology Days kicks off today in Jefferson County. The event is being held at Walters Grain Farm near Johnson Creek, which is between Madison and Milwaukee. Farm Technology Days will run through Thursday. This year’s show is a prelude to the 2020 Farm Technology Days, which will be held in Eau Claire County.

Another week of county fairs also starts tomorrow in Wisconsin. In the area, fairs starting tomorrow and running through Sunday include the Eau Claire County Fair, the Dunn County Fair and the Monroe County Fair. Fairs in Taylor County and Polk County run Thursday through Sunday.