Corn crop coming back to normal across Upper MidwestRegional News
-- Wisconsin’s corn crop has been playing catch-up all year – and it’s almost back to normal. A cool-and-wet spring delayed planting. But the recent heat wave did the crop some good.
Wisconsin’s corn crop has been playing catch-up all year – and it’s almost back to normal. A cool-and-wet spring delayed planting. But the recent heat wave did the crop some good.
The state’s corn now averages 69 inches, just three-inches below the norm. Seventy-six percent of the crop is in good-to-excellent shape. Farmers say most of the corn that was flattened in storms a couple weeks ago has recovered.
55-percent of the soybeans are in bloom, almost twice as much as a week ago and just two points behind the average. 76-percent of that crop is rated good-to-excellent. Eighty-six percent of the second crop of hay has been harvested, 10-percent more than normal. Six-percent of Wisconsin’s oats have been harvested, less than the normal 12-percent.
Livestock and poultry suffered during the past week's intense heat but Minnesota crops flourished -- according to the latest USDA numbers. The weekly crop report shows the height of corn now up to nearly 70-inches on average, while soybeans, wheat and oats all made significant gains. Farmers say green peas are almost all picked while the sweet corn harevst has just begun.