- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - Corn and soybean harvests in Wisconsin are behind schedule, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and this week’s wet weather is keeping farmers from catching up.

Crop progress data released by the department Tuesday show both corn and soybeans fall short of the five-year averages, the La Crosse Tribune (https://bit.ly/1rcYrZF ) reported. The report found that Wisconsin corn is in worse shape, with two-thirds of crops at maturity, behind an 80 percent average. The state usually has a quarter of its corn crop harvested by mid-October, according to the USDA, but less than 10 percent has been harvested so far.

The report also found soybean crop maturity is 2 percent behind the five-year average. Forty percent of the crop has been harvested, compared to a 53 percent average.

Steve Huntzicker, a University of Wisconsin Extension agriculture agent, said recent rainfall is to blame for the harvest holdup.

“The rain has certainly slowed things down,” he said. “Farmers are hoping to pick up again by the weekend or early next week.”

After the weather clears up, most famers will opt to wait several days until their crops finishing drying, according to Huntzicker.

“I think the there is a good portion of harvest time to come,” Huntzicker said. “Farmers are going to be out there day and night as things come along.”

Wisconsin’s total corn harvest for the year is expected to be 497 million bushels.

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Information from: La Crosse Tribune, https://www.lacrossetribune.com

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