Rain slows corn, soybean harvest in Wisconsin
MADISON — Farmers are wrapping up the fall harvest in Wisconsin, trying to get the remaining corn and soybeans out of the fields before more wet weather moves in.
In its latest weekly crops report, the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Madison said 75 percent of corn in Wisconsin has been harvested, along with 93 percent of soybeans. But rain and muddy conditions have slowed the harvest and added to corn drying costs at grain elevators.
"Some progress was made on the corn and soybean harvests before Saturday and Sunday brought more rain and severe weather to much of the state. Grain moisture remained high, but with November halfway over, farmers were racing to combine and till their fields whenever conditions allowed," the report said.
Alan Linnebur, a West Bend-based farm business educator with the University of Wisconsin Extension, works with farmers in Washington, Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties and specializes in farm business and financial management.
Most of the corn for grain has been harvested in Washington County, Linnebur told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, although wet weather has slowed the remaining work.
"There's no doubt that some sunny, dry weather would help farmers finish," he said. "In general, farmers are pretty pleased with their yields on corn, but I think they're a little disappointed with their soybean yields."
This year's record U.S. corn crop has depressed prices to some of the lowest levels in three years. Farmers who counted on getting $6 per bushel for their corn, as they have in some recent years, could get $4 or less, agriculture officials said.