Corn and soybean harvest was hindered and, in some regions, halted by frequent rains, but the mild weather permitted farmers to re-enter fields towards the end of the week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. For the week ending October 12th, average temperatures ranged from 48 to 62 degrees, and from 7 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature for the week was 29 degrees; the highest, 79 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 53.3 degrees, 2.2 degrees below normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.02 to 2.73 inches, with a statewide average of 0.86 inches.
By region, corn mature was 93% in North, 89% in Central and 93% in the South. By region, corn harvested for grain was 21% in the North, 21% in Central, and 46% in South. The state is now at 25 percent.
By region, soybeans dropping leaves was 97% in North, 95% in Central, and 86% in South. By region, soybeans harvested was 24% in the North, 29% in Central, and 26% in South and statewide. By region, winter wheat planted was 32% in North, 31% in Central and 24% in South.
Many farmers focused on completing corn harvest with the limited windows for field work. There are some concerns over corn stalk strength and green stem in soybeans from the damp fields. Winter wheat continues to be planted when farmers can gain access to the fields. In the meantime, other activities for the week included hauling and drying down grain.