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Fall Harvest Fallen Behind

(11/9/13) Temperatures were close to average this week, with rain, fog, and drizzle holding up fieldwork for area farmers.

According to the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, muddy field conditions and high grain moistures continued to slow the corn and soybean harvests. Hay and roughage supplies were reportedly 26 percent short as of November 3rd. Farmers were chopping extra corn silage to make up for short hay supplies. The Bureau says Corn for grain was 95 percent mature, with 50 percent harvested. Corn for silage was 97 percent harvested. Many farmers were reportedly delaying grain harvest to allow their standing corn to dry down further.  And, soybeans were 82 percent harvested. Yields were reportedly average to below average. Harvesters say the beans, this year, are short with pods low to the ground, making combining difficult.

~Tony Hart

 

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