Weekly Crop Progress Report, Sept. 13th

Cooler weather provided relief for livestock and crops. Farm activities included tillage, installing tile, hauling grain, hay bailing, and field application of fertilizer, lime and manure. Corn and soybeans are drying well throughout the state, the harvest has begun at some operations. Pest worms were reported in both corn and soybeans. There were also reports of corn stalk disease.

As of Sunday September 12, 90 percent of corn was dented, compared to 64 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average. Corn was 50 percent mature, which was 40 percent ahead of last year and 34 percent ahead of the five-year average. Three percent of the corn has been harvested throughout the state, this is the earliest recorded corn harvest in the past five-years. Corn for silage was 78 percent harvested compared to 29 percent last year and 43 percent for the five-year average. Fifty-two percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 22 percent last year and 33 percent for the five-year average. Soybeans were 19 percent mature, which was 18 percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average. Sixty-three percent of the 4th cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, 29 percent ahead of last year and 25 percent ahead of the five-year average. The third cutting of other hay was 75 percent complete, 20 percent ahead of last year and 11 percent ahead of the five-year average. Twenty-five percent of fall and winter apples were harvested, identical to last year, but 9 percent ahead of the five-year average. Thirty-seven percent of grapes were harvested, compared to 31 percent last year and 21 percent for the five-year average. Potatoes were 72 percent harvested, compared to 46 percent last year and 51 percent for the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 59 percent harvested, two percent ahead of last year, but identical to the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Eighty-one percent of livestock were in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week. Apples were rated 82 percent in fair-to- good condition, down four percent from last week. Hay was rated 78 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Pasture and range were rated 64 percent in fair-to-good condition, down five percent from last week. Seventy-four percent of corn was rated in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Soybeans were rated 75 percent in fair-to-good condition, up 1 percent from last week.

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