A break in the
weather may signal the end of what has been a slow harvest season.
Light rains and
heavy fog hampered progress in fields statewide, according to a Nov.
19 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report.
been a long corn and soybean harvest season, Mike Ballweg,
University of Wisconsin-Extension Crops and Soils Specialist for
Sheboygan, Washington and Ozaukee counties said weather has improved
enough in the past week or so.
harvested for grain by Nov. 19 was 69 percent complete, 12 days
behind the average. Soybean harvest was reported at 94 percent
complete, 11 days behind last year and eight days behind the
estimated that now 80 percent of corn and 95 percent of soybeans are
off the fields.
Fall weather has
also been good when it comes to the planting of winter wheat.
emerged was reported at 96 percent complete, two days ahead of last
temperatures in June, July and August were cooler than normal and
October may have been cloudy and rainy, warm weather, particularly
in September, made up for other weather-related deficits.
A late killing
frost also helped.
area experiences its first hard frost around Oct. 8-10.
didn’t have hard frost until much later than normal,” Ballweg said.
That late hard freeze also seems to have hastened the dry down for
corn and both corn and soybeans are having a strong finish, Ballweg
been pleasantly surprised with the corn yield,” Ballweg said.
Nov. 9 Crop Production report for corn forecast 175.4 bushels per
acre. If realized, it would be the highest yield on record for the
While it may not
be record-breaking here, Ballweg said corn yields have been
excellent — well more than the five year average.
production is forecast at a record 4.43 billion bushels, up three
percent from last year and the area for soybean harvest in the
United States is forecast at a record high 89.5 million acres.
expects the soy harvest to be good — not as good as last year’s
record yield, but above the five year average.
But big harvests
mean low prices.
those prices are at break even at best for corn. Soybean prices are
doing a bit better in relation to corn.
Since 2013, the
national price of corn has dropped precipitously, from $7 per bushel
to $3.27 in September this year.
Online cash bids
at Farmers Grain and Feed in Allenton were $2.95 for corn and $9.11
for soybeans. In Hartford, United Cooperative Nov. 1 online cash
bids for soybeans were $9.03 per bushel.
he’s heard of farmers skipping succession planting in favor of
growing soybeans because of better prices, but it’s a practice he
does not encourage because of the increased pressure of disease.