ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - Still not finished—that’s the word regarding the fall harvest. According to this week’s Crop Progress Report, 16% of the corn and 6% of the soybeans are still in the fields. That’s the slowest harvesting process across the country since 2009 when only 68% of the crop was harvested by Thanksgiving week. North Dakota and Michigan are the furthest behind with both under 50 % of their corn harvested.
In Wisconsin, only 57% of the corn for grain has been harvested—22 days behind last year and 18 days behind our average progress. And while farmers have taken 82% of their soybeans off, that’s still 18 days behind last year and 25 days behind our 5 year average. State farmers have also put up 93% of their 4th hay crop, completed just 39% of their fall tillage and reported that 69% of their winter wheat has emerged. Topsoil moisture is again rated at 100% adequate to surplus this week and with the coming snow will be even more adequate going forward.
Both sides in the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and china say they want to complete a phase one trade deal before the end of the year, but they just can’t figure out how to finish the deal. Chinese officials say they want a deal but they also say they won’t be afraid to retaliate against the U.S. if a deal isn’t equitable for both sides. The Chinese want tariffs dropped on billions of dollars worth of their goods while the U.S. wants the Chinese to move on intellectual property, technology transfers and agricultural purchases. The latest name to get involved in the talks was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who met with Chinese officials last Friday.
Producers and land owners in every county should be sending back their ballots for this year County Committee elections. Every year one third of the county votes for new members who then serve 3 year terms on the committee. The deadline to return those ballots is December 2nd to county FSA offices.
Dairy farmers still trying to decide if they want to take part in the Dairy margin Protection Program for 2020 still have about 3 weeks to decide. The deadline to enroll in the program for next year is December 13th at county Farm Service Agency offices. In 2019 the program paid out over $300 million to dairy producers.