Rain leads farmers to weigh options for the unplanted cropland

Wisconsin had three days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 7, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

More rain fell throughout the state this week, limiting fieldwork particularly later in the week. Reports indicate farmers are weighing options for the remaining unplanted cropland.

Topsoil moisture condition rated 49% adequate and 51% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 54% adequate and 46% surplus.

Corn emergence was nearly complete, and the first reports of silking were received. Corn condition was rated 62% good to excellent, up one percentage point from last week.

Soybean blooming was 22%, two days ahead of last year but two days behind average. Soybean condition was 60% good to excellent, up three percentage points from last week.

Eighty-four percent of the oat crop was headed, and 32% of the crop was coloring. Oat condition decreased by two percentage points to 78% good to excellent statewide.

Winter wheat coloring was 90% complete. Winter wheat condition decreased to 81% good to excellent, down two percentage points from last week.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay was 45% complete, five days behind last year and one day behind average.

All hay condition increased to 68% good to excellent, up one percentage point from last week.

Potato condition increased to 90% good to excellent, up two percentage points from last week. Pasture and range condition decreased to 69% good to excellent, down two percentage points from last week.

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