Cool and dry weather helped farmers statewide work on the hay harvest, but warmer temperatures are needed to help the corn and soybean crops.
The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report for the week ending Sept. 10 said overnight temperatures dropped to the 40s and some far northern counties had widespread frost, with 5.8 days (out of 7.0) suitable for field work.
"Haying continues and the oat harvest is moving slow in many areas," the report said. "Late-planted corn and soybeans were still struggling to mature in some areas."
Statewide, the corn silage harvest was just getting started, with 86 percent of the crop in the dough stage or beyond, 48 percent in the dent stage. The crop was 70 percent good to excellent.
"The sweet corn, snap bean, potato and beet harvest continues at a slower pace, as we wait for crops to mature due to cool weather," a Portage County report said.
Making hay was the big activity last week.
"Tractors and wagons are going up and down the road with hay, both chopped and baled," a La Crosse County report said.
The third cutting of alfalfa was 97 percent complete and the fourth cutting was 56 percent complete, with all hay reported to be 83 percent good to excellent.
Leaves were turning on 30 percent of the soybean crop, with some reports of soybeans dropping leaves. The crop was rated 77 percent good to excellent.
Oats harvested for grain was 93 percent complete; 11 percent of winter wheat was planted; and pasture land was 72 percent good to excellent.
The potato crop was 40 percent harvested with the crop rated at 77 percent good to excellent.
Soil moisture was a little drier, with topsoil moisture at 89 percent adequate to surplus and subsoil moisture at 93 percent adequate to surplus.