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Wisconsin Crop Weather Report

Issued November 20 for Week Ending November 19, 2017

Usual Planting and Harvesting Dates

The Wisconsin Crop Weather Report is updated weekly by the Wisconsin Agricultural Statistical Service.

Vol. 17, No. 34

Harvest Drags on with Damp Conditions

There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November 19, 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were close to normal this week, with light rains and heavy fog on several days. The corn for grain harvest progressed slowly statewide as grain moistures were still unfavorably high. Several reporters noted that grain moistures have actually risen with the damp conditions of the past few weeks. Fields were reportedly slippery in some areas, further complicating harvest activities. Dry, sunny days and frozen soils are needed to help bring in the last of the corn and soybeans.

Topsoil moisture supplies were rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 10 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 87 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.

Wisconsin Crop Conditions
Item V-Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Winter Wheat 0 2 15 57 26
Source: USDA, NASS, Wisconsin Field Office.

Corn harvested for grain was 69 percent complete, 12 days behind the average. The moisture content of corn harvested for grain averaged 21 percent.

Soybean harvest was reported at 94 percent complete, 11 days behind last year, and 8 days behind the average.

Winter wheat emerged was reported at 96 percent complete, 2 days ahead of last year. Winter wheat condition was reported 83 percent good to excellent, 2 percentage points below last week.

Fall tillage was reported at 58 percent complete, 7 days behind the average.

Wisconsin Crop Progress
Crop and percent
of acreage
District Average State Average
Corn Harvested for Grain 50 40 53 64 63 62 75 86 78 69 56 91 85
Fall Tillage 56 60 63 44 73 71 49 56 66 58 51 75 70
Soybeans Harvested 94 85 87 92 97 95 94 97 96 94 92 98 97
Winter Wheat Emerged 97 91 94 75 98 98 92 98 94 96 92 94 n.a.
n.a. = not available

Selected Quotes from Farm Reporters and County Ag Agents
All comments are used in creating this report, but only a few are published below.

RUSK-G.P.: Soybeans continue to come off as conditions allow. Corn for grain is coming off as moistures come down a bit but still pretty slow with low commodity prices. Some tillage going on as soil conditions allow.

CHIPPEWA/EAU CLAIRE-J.C.: Rain/snow conditions continue to delay soybean harvest. Corn yields are very good and overall above average. Manure application occurring on many fields.

ASHLAND/IRON-C.B.: Some corn harvest-for-grain activity. Frozen ground and no snow will make the harvest easy.

SHAWANO-B.R.: Some more wet weather continues to delay corn dry down and cause harvest issues. Much of the corn came off this week at 20-26 percent. It actually picked up moisture with the damp days. There are still a few soybeans in the field yet but many farmers took them off even though they were quite high in moisture this week. Winter wheat looking very good. A lot of tillage was being done however some was in muddy conditions.

LA CROSSE-I.H.: As in previous weeks, harvesting has been slow. Not that the farmers aren't trying to get the crops in, but the sporadic rain showers have actually increased the moisture in soybeans as time goes by. While other counties have gotten work done, this county, with the rain showers and heavy fog, has had trouble getting crops off the fields. The recent frost should help if we get a few sunny, warm days in a row.

ARQUETTE/WAUSHARA-D.B.: Combines were into corn this week and a lot of trucks into elevators. Getting to be some lines to unload.

VERNON-K.L.: Too wet to combine soybeans and the moisture level is still high. Damp, foggy every day so minimal harvesting of corn and beans.

DANE-F.P.: Most of the corn in this area has been harvested. Field work is being completed and manure is being applied to fields. It has been cold the past few weeks.

ROCK-C.O.: Rain has delayed final harvest.

KENOSHA-R.R.: Rainy, cold, and cloudy. Hard to do field work.

SHEBOYGAN/OZAUKEE/WASHINGTON-G.S.: Cold, wet and dreary week. Not much movement out in the fields.

Wisconsin Weekly Weather, Selected Cities
Ending as of 7:00 am on November 19, 2017

City Temperature Growing degree days
(modified base 50) 1/
Avg max Avg min High max Low min Avg Avg
dep from normal*
Mar 1 to Nov 18 Mar 1 to Nov 18
Last week Since
Sep 1
Sep 1
dep from normal*
To Date
dep from normal*
Eau Claire 39 26 43 15 33 +0 2751 2598 0.11 6.89 -0.28 34.99 +4.57
Green Bay 42 30 47 20 36 +1 2771 2455 0.66 5.19 -1.46 30.68 +3.77
La Crosse 43 30 48 23 37 +0 3509 2951 0.13 7.30 +0.48 39.04 +8.78
Madison 42 29 50 20 35 -1 2975 2921 0.33 4.79 -1.86 38.55 +8.20
Milwaukee 44 34 50 28 39 -1 3188 n.a. 0.86 6.29 -1.11 35.61 +4.10

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 1971-2000 data.
Data from the NCEP/NOAA Climate Prediction Center
For more weather data, please reference the following sites: http://www.noaa.gov/ http://www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/ http://www.cocorahs.org/ http://www.weather.gov/

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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