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2016 US Corn Belt Crop Tour - Wisconsin State Video
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About Wisconsin
Number of farms
209 acres
Average size of a Wisconsin farm
14,400,000 acres
Land in Wisconsin farms
Wisconsin leads the nation in production of snap beans, cranberries, and carrots for processing
Christmas tress Wisconsin growers harvest each year
Different varieties, types and styles of cheese produced by Wisconsin cheese makers
Wisconsin leads the U.S. in both the number and diversity of dairy farms; the state ranks #1 in dairy goats
4,000,000 acres
Corn acres in 2016, same as 2015

164 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2015, +8 bu/acre vs. 2014
1,950,000 acres
Soybean acres in 2016, +4% vs. 2015

49.5 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2015, +5.5 bu/acre vs. 2014
290,000 acres
Wheat acres in 2016, +26% vs. 2015

74 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2015, +9 bu/acre vs. 2014


Wisconsin NOAA Precipitation Rankings, May 2016

Bottom 1/10 Bottom 1/3 Normal Top 1/3 Top 1/10 Record

Period Precip 20th Century Average Departure Rank Wettest/Driest Since Record
Jan - May 2016
(282.96 mm)
(257.81 mm)
(25.15 mm)
83rd Driest Driest Since: 2015 1925
40th Wettest Wettest Since: 2014 1973


Year to Date Percent of Normal Precipitation (Percent), Valid on: July 6, 2016

Wisconsin Precipitation



2016 Wisconsin State Video - Transcript

It's day 15 - July 9th. My name is Moe Agostino, Chief Commodity Strategist with Farms.com Risk Management. We're starting our tour in the state of Wisconsin. We are traveling south on Hwy 12 near Augusta, Wisconsin.

Just some quick facts about Wisconsin agriculture: Wisconsin is the #1 in production in snap peas, cranberries, and carrots and also number 1 in dairy farms & dairy goats. Corn, record yield was last year at 164, the average crop conditions here is 85% good to excellent, 3% very poor to poor. We planted 4 million acres in 2016 vs last year at 4.2 million acres - down 4.77%. Record yield in beans, 2010 at 50.5, last year came close at 49.5. 83% of the soybean crop is good to excellent, 3% very poor to poor. 1,880,000 acres in 2016 vs 1.95 million last year down 3.6%. We can't really talk about wheat here - there is very little acres - about 230,000 acres.

Here is a corn field. Both the corn and beans are rated pretty high, like the national average is 75%. It does look good here, I think it is ahead of schedule based on past years observations, but this is about head high here. A little bit of variability, inconsistency but overall looking good for the start of the state of Wisconsin.

[Video clips of Wisconsin field conditions]

We are now traveling east on Hwy 18 towards Cobb, Wisconsin. We have gone from Eau Clare and we have come down south approaching Madison, but we are going to continue to go south. We are not quite at the border yet, but overall the beans look really good. There is some variability as you travel further south, but for the most part there is a lot of uniformity. You can see this field has a little bit of variability, some weed pressure, but overall looks good. They've got some timely rains here, it was hot through June like most other states and I am not seeing any cracks in the soil. This one has some pretty good moisture, not quite blooming, but almost there. V5 stage and just about to bloom here probably in the next week or so.

[Video clips of Wisconsin field conditions]

We are now traveling south on Hwy 69 near New Glarus, Wisconsin. We are going to end our tour in the state of Wisconsin. It's day - 15 July 9th. This is a nice looking corn field here - 30 inches. I don't see any dry areas although guys are saying that they need some timely rains. This corn looks like it is going to pollinate and tassel for the 2nd half of July. So there is 50% of the corn in the U.S. Midwest that is going to tassel in that period so we need to avoid the heat, need to avoid the crop stress, and need timely rains to make sure that this finishes strong. On average, Wisconsin reminds me of Minnesota - probably not as good as Iowa, but Iowa is a little further ahead just because they are further south. As you get further north they tend to tassel and pollinate a little bit later. I'm going to rank it an 8-8.5 like I did in Nebraska. It's looking good - an above average crop. In some cases, they are at least 1-2 weeks ahead, they planted early. Some areas did get hit with frost and that pushed them back a little bit, but overall above average.

[Video clips of Wisconsin field conditions]

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