Corn pouring from spout
Jane Fyksen

Field work on Wisconsin farms was hampered by cold, rainy and snowy conditions during the week ending Nov. 5, with corn and soybean harvests lagging behind schedule.

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service report said temperatures were below normal across the state, with lows dropping to the 20s and northern Wisconsin seeing several inches of snow.

Standing grain moisture was high in both corn and soybean crops, with many producers saying they'll wait for grain moisture to drop before combining.

"Continuous wet weather patterns are making it very difficult to finish harvesting the soybeans or make any progress on the corn," said a Trempealeau County report.

"Got four inches of snow on Friday," a Florence/Forest County report said.

The state's corn crop was 94 percent mature, 37 percent harvested for grain and 95 percent harvested for silage. The crop was rated at 71 percent good to excellent.

The soybean harvest was 86 percent complete.

Winter wheat was 96 percent planted and 84 percent emerged, with the crop rated at 87 percent good to excellent.

Fall tillage was 42 percent complete.

"Most producers in the area are waiting for frozen ground to start combining corn," an Ashland/Iron County report said.

Soil moisture was in good supply, with topsoil rated 11 percent surplus, 81 percent adequate, seven percent short and one percent very short, while subsoil was rated seven percent surplus, 82 percent adequate, nine percent short and two percent very short.