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Recent weather does not dampen local harvest efforts

Mother Nature has been making herself known to farmers in the past few days, but you can bet on them pushing on through with their harvest efforts. Farmers had a little less time in the state to get out into the fields over the last week. After averaging over 6 days the last few weeks, the USDA says Wisconsin had just 4.7 days of suitable fieldwork. Despite this, the corn harvest for grain is six days ahead of last year at 24 percent complete and the soybean harvest is two days ahead of last year at 47 percent complete. Rio Creek Feed Mill agronomist Adam Barta says those numbers are even better locally even as some of their crops battle some late-season diseases.

Farmers are also taking advantage of the extra time to get their winter wheat and other cover crops planted. Planting winter wheat is two days behind last year at 74 percent complete. It is still over a week ahead of the five-year average for planting.


Picture courtesy of Rio Creek Feed Mill

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