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Wisconsin Crop Weather Report
Issued May 26 for Week Ending May 24, 2020
The Wisconsin Crop Weather Report is updated weekly by the Wisconsin Agricultural Statistical Service.
Warm, Sunny Days
Wisconsin had 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 24, 2020, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Spring planting raced toward completion this week as warm, sunny days and adequate soil moistures spurred crop growth. Temperatures were average to above average, with daytime highs climbing into the 70s and no frost reported. Tillage, small grains, corn, soybeans and potato planting continued to trend ahead of average. Fieldwork in eastern Wisconsin did not progress as quickly as the rest of the state, however, as fields there were still drying out after recent heavy rains. Hay stands bulked up with warmer conditions though reporters noted that winterkill varied widely from field to field. Farmers who had finished planting were gearing up for the first cutting of hay.
Topsoil moisture condition was rated 1% very short, 6% short, 74% adequate and 19% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 1% very short, 4% short, 73% adequate and 22% surplus.
Spring tillage was 96% complete, 26 days ahead of last year and 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year average.
Corn planting was 90% complete, 26 days ahead of last year and a 12 days ahead of the average. Corn emerged was 45%, 15 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the average. Corn was rated 79% good to excellent statewide.
Soybean planting was 79% complete, 24 days ahead of last year and 13 days ahead of the average. Soybeans emerged was 25%, 16 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the average.
Oats planted were reported as 93% complete, 20 days ahead of last year and a week ahead of the average. Oats emerged was 75%, 20 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the average. Oat condition was rated 79% good to excellent statewide, unchanged from last week.
Potato planting was 88% complete, 2 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind the average.
Winter wheat was 1% headed, 2 days ahead of last year but 3 days behind the average. Winter wheat was rated 73% in good to excellent condition statewide, up 4 percentage points from last week.
All hay condition was reported 56% in good to excellent condition statewide, up 1 percentage point from last week.
Pasture condition was rated 73% in good to excellent condition, improving 10 percentage points above last week.
Wisconsin Weekly Weather, Selected Cities
T = Trace. n.a. = not available.
1/Formula used: GDD = (Daily Maximum (86°) + Daily Minimum (50°)) / 2 - 50° where 86° is used if the maximum exceeds 86° and 50° is used if the minimum falls below 50°. Explanation.
*Normal based on 1981-2010 data.
Data from the NCEP/NOAA Climate Prediction Center
This report has been made possible through the cooperative efforts of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the National Weather Service.
For climate normals and growing season data for a specific Wisconsin county, first go to our Wisconsin County Home Page, then select your county, then click on the Climate Table link in the left margin for that county.
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