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Crop Report: 20% of Corn Silage Chopped in Wisconsin

It was another summer-like week for Wisconsin farmers last week as above average temperatures allowed producers to make good progress with hay and corn silage chopping, as well as seed fall grains. The state's agriculture department released its weekly crop progress report on Monday, which also noted that some farmers began their fall tillage work.

Topsoil moisture condition levels were rated one percent very short, nine percent short, 81 percent adequate and nine percent surplus.

Seventy-eight percent of the corn had reached the dent state statewide. That was eight days behind last year, but one day ahead of the average. About 23 percent of the corn was mature, also slightly behind normal for mid-September. So far, 20 percent of the corn for silage has been harvested--over a week slower than the 2021 progress and six days behind the five-year average.

Soybeans coloring was 72 percent--five days behind last year but even with the average. Another 18 percent of the beans were dropping leaves. The crop condition remains at 77 percent good to excellent.

Potatoes harvested was at 45 percent. Farmers also have 21 percent of the winter wheat sowed, with emergence at five percent.

The fourth cutting of alfalfa was reported at 83 percent complete, which is two days ahead of last year and 12 days further along than normal.