Crop conditions vary across Minnesota and Wisconsin depending on conditions at planting and through the early portion of the growing season. Compared to some parts of the Corn Belt that have reported dry conditions, our rainfall across most of the region has been above average. Precipitation totals in many situations have been heavy especially in Wisconsin causing flooding and delayed planting.
The July 5th USDA crop progress report rated 71% of corn in Wisconsin as good to excellent while Minnesota was at 80%. Crop appearance has noticeably improved over the past two weeks as sidedress nitrogen is being applied and the corn enters its rapid growth stage. While walking fields there has been some uneven emergence and reduced stands from the spring planting conditions and weather challenges. Areas in fields that have poor drainage or hold water are very noticeable this year due to excessive rain.
The USDA recently rated Wisconsin soybeans at 75% good to excellent and 72% in Minnesota. There have been issues with emergence due weather conditions – some fields were replanted while others had an adequate population to avoid replanting.
First crop alfalfa is wrapped up for the most part with some growers already moving into second cutting. Minnesota reported 85% of the alfalfa crop as good to excellent while Wisconsin reported 77% as good to excellent.
Thank you for your business and have a safe summer!
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