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Note: State and county level data are from the latest (2007) census. The next census will be in 2012.

Wisconsin Crop Weather Report

Issued August 3 for Week Ending August 2, 2020

Usual Planting and Harvesting Dates

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

Relatively Dry and Cool Week

Wisconsin had 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 2, 2020, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. A relatively dry and cool week made conditions more comfortable for livestock and outdoor workers. Daytime highs ranged from the 70s to low 90s and overnight lows fell into the upper 40s in northern Wisconsin. Skies were predominantly clear through the week but scattered showers provided moisture in some areas. This made it an excellent week for combining small grains and drying hay. Corn and soybeans were developing ears and pods. Reporters noted crop on shallow and sandy soils in some areas were beginning to look dry.

Topsoil moisture condition was rated 2% very short, 14% short, 78% adequate and 6% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition was rated 1% very short, 11% short, 81% adequate and 7% surplus.

Corn silking was 84%, 16 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn at dough stage was 19%, 11 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the average. Corn condition was rated 81% good to excellent statewide, down 1 percentage point from last week.

Soybeans blooming was 89%, 24 days ahead of last year and 8 days ahead of the average. Soybeans setting pods was 63%, 16 days ahead of last year and 5 days ahead of the average. Soybean condition was rated 83% good to excellent statewide, down 1 percentage point from last week.

Oats coloring was 95%, 24 days ahead of last year and 9 days ahead of the average. Oats harvested was 34%, a week ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of the average. Oat condition was rated 82% good to excellent statewide, down 2 percentage points from last week.

Potato harvest was reported as 7% complete, 4 days ahead of last year but 3 days behind the average. Potato condition was rated 92% good to excellent statewide, up 3 percentage points from last week.

Winter wheat harvested for grain was 62%, a week ahead of last year and a day ahead of the average. Winter wheat condition was rated 78% good to excellent statewide, down 1 percentage point from last week.

Second cutting of alfalfa was reported as 93% complete, 9 days ahead of last year and equal to the average. Third cutting of alfalfa was reported as 38% complete, 8 days ahead of last year but a day behind the average. All hay condition was reported 80% good to excellent statewide, down 3 percentage points from last week.

Pasture condition was rated 71% good to excellent statewide, down 8 percentage points from 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
Alfalfa hay, second cutting 89 73 97 96 90 96 95 95 99 93 86 84 93
Alfalfa hay, third cutting 24 10 53 48 21 41 43 46 42 38 17 18 39
Corn silking 75 85 59 95 76 65 95 90 93 84 62 46 74
Corn dough 2 1 1 33 12 11 26 29 15 19 8 3 11
Oats coloring 86 86 95 99 95 93 99 97 98 95 88 69 87
Oats harvested 12 12 16 48 38 10 67 64 71 34 9 19 28
Soybeans blooming 90 99 83 91 82 84 92 88 95 89 81 61 80
Soybeans setting pods 52 95 56 65 42 44 79 67 67 63 51 24 50
Winter wheat harvested 15 25 40 60 51 51 61 80 88 62 34 36 60
n.a. = not available
 
Wisconsin Crop Conditions
Crop V-Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Percent
Corn 2 3 14 46 35
Hay, All 1 3 16 51 29
Oats 1 3 14 51 31
Pasture & range 2 5 22 45 26
Potatoes 1 1 6 66 26
Soybeans 1 2 14 47 36
Winter wheat 1 3 18 50 28
Source: USDA, NASS, Wisconsin Field Office.

Wisconsin Temperatures and Precipitation for the week ending August 2, 2020

Maps from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center reflect data collected from 7:00 A.M. Central Time on July 27, 2020, through 7:00 A.M. Central Time on August 2, 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 August 2, 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 Aug 2 Mar 1 to Aug 2
normal*
Last week Since
Jun 1
Jun 1
dep from normal*
Year
To Date
Year
dep from normal*
Eau Claire 83 59 85 53 71 0 1731 1691 0.67 9.59 +1.42 18.06 +1.99
Green Bay 83 61 87 56 72 +3 1632 1448 0.39 7.54 +0.08 19.06 +4.20
La Crosse 88 64 91 58 76 +3 2023 1867 0.03 8.35 -0.44 16.16 -1.48
Madison 84 64 92 57 74 +3 1788 1682 1.55 12.60 +3.72 23.71 +5.74
Milwaukee 84 70 95 65 77 +5 1779 1566 0.12 7.32 -0.33 20.26 +3.41


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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