Day 16 & 17 - July 11-12, 2020
9th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Wisconsin
The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of Wisconsin Day 16 and 17 from July 11th – 12th, 2020. Day 16 was hot, but Day 17 was 84F and sunny skies. We travelled from La Crosse North East to Wausau south to Madison ending past Browntown before heading back into northern IL. Western WI was looking good, but the north was wet with the small 13% of all irrigated crops looking strong. Centre/South was a mixed bag.
When comparing 2019 to 2020 in state of Wisconsin, 2019 had more moisture but similar variability depending on planting date. 2020 was further along with more tasseled corn acres. 2020 corn acres are up 5.2% to 4 million while soybean acres are up 17.5% to 2,050 million up 300,000 acres. The state has plenty of sub soil and topsoil moisture at 93% as of July 20, 2020.
Our crop tour in the state of WI was a hit and miss, a crop of 2 tails depending on planting date. Corn production is ranked 9th & soybean production is ranked 12th so WI may not be able to contribute much to the national yield. In 2019 the corn yield was 166 in the state and 47 for soybeans. The record high was in 2016 at 178 bpa for corn and 55 for soybeans. We rank the state a 7.5 out of 10 with average yield potential in 2020.
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