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Wisconsin Crop Weather Report

Issued May 26 for Week Ending May 24, 2020

Usual Planting and Harvesting Dates

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 Crop Progress
Crop and percent
of acreage
District Percent State Percent
NW NC NE WC C EC SW SC SE This
Week
Last
Week
Last
Year
5-year
Average
Corn planted 92 80 79 94 86 78 95 96 90 90 81 43 74
Corn emerged 37 1 11 68 34 15 65 57 61 45 15 9 40
Oats planted 96 82 86 97 95 94 95 99 99 93 88 70 87
Oats emerged 75 39 63 80 68 63 94 98 99 75 56 37 67
Soybeans planted 80 69 71 85 67 67 85 85 77 79 61 18 50
Soybeans emerged 19 0 6 38 19 13 35 27 40 25 6 1 17
Spring tillage 95 92 92 99 97 92 99 98 96 96 91 66 85
n.a. = not available
Wisconsin Crop Conditions
Crop V-Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Percent
Corn 0 2 19 56 23
Hay, All 2 6 36 41 15
Oats 0 2 19 57 22
Pasture & range 1 6 20 48 25
Winter wheat 1 6 20 50 23
Source: USDA, NASS, Wisconsin Field Office.

Wisconsin Temperatures and Precipitation for the week ending May 24, 2020

Maps from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center reflect data collected from 7:00 A.M. Central Time on May 18, 2020, through 7:00 A.M. Central Time on May 24, 2020.

Average Temperature, Wisconsin Accumulated Precipitation, Wisconsin

Temperature and Precipitation Maps, courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center, are available at: http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/CLIMATE/

National Weather Service data, courtesy of the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, is available at:
http://www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco/clim-watch/index.html

Growing Degree Days can be found at https://mrcc.illinois.edu/U2U/gdd/

Wisconsin Weekly Weather, Selected Cities
Ending as of 7:00 am on May 24, 2020

City Temperature Growing degree days
(modified base 50) 1/
Precipitation
Avg max Avg min High max Low min Avg Avg
dep from normal*
Mar 1 to May 23 Mar 1 to May 23
normal*
Last week Since
Mar 1
Mar 1
dep from normal*
Year
To Date
Year
dep from normal*
Eau Claire 70 53 80 50 62 +3 312 406 1.62 6.09 -0.91 6.89 -1.94
Green Bay 65 50 75 46 58 +1 209 300 2.60 8.56 +2.02 11.07 +2.21
La Crosse 69 55 79 51 62 +1 392 454 1.20 6.00 -2.00 7.95 -2.24
Madison 64 52 73 49 58 -1 285 394 2.90 9.66 +1.54 12.47 +1.62
Milwaukee 60 49 68 47 55 -2 214 308 3.75 12.46 +4.15 15.50 +3.75


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.

Current Crop Report with Graphics at USDA

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