2021 US Corn Belt Crop Tour



2021 Summary of the State of Wisconsin

Day 12-13: July 15-16, 2021

10th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Wisconsin

The 2021 10th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour in the state of Wisconsin started on day 12, July 15th, and ended on day 13, July 16th. On July 15th, we travelled from La Crosse, WI northeast to Wausau and on July 16th, we traveled southwest past Madison to Winslow, IL. Both days were partly cloudy and sunny with highs in the 25-26 Celsius.

Northwest & northcentral WI was hit and miss for corn, all over the map too much moisture stress, with soybeans looking much better. Southern WI, where most of the high yield concentrated crops are located and 12% of total corn and soybeans irrigated, was much better than the north but is not as good as some think. One word to describe WI, variable!

When comparing to 2020, the north is average at best and south above average. Corn yields are on par with the 5-year average at 172.8 bpa and soybeans at 49.9 bpa. Farmers may be disappointed with too many bad days during and after planting.

Wisconsin is ranked #8 for grain corn, #1 for silage, and #13 in soybean production. 2016 was Wisconsin’s record corn yield at 178 bpa and also for soybeans at 55 bpa. Farmers planted 2.50% less corn acres in 2021 and 10% more soybean acres. Corn crop conditions stand at 65% good-excellent and 5% very poor to poor. Soybean crop conditions stand at 72% good-excellent and 6% very poor to poor as of July 19th, 2021. Topsoil moisture is rated 75% adequate to surplus and 25% short to very short. Subsoil moisture is no better at 72% adequate to surplus and 27% very short to short.

90-Day Precipitation Departure from Normal as of July 26, 2021

State of Wisconsin 90 Day precipitation map

State of Wisconsin Drought Classification Maps

In summary, too much variability in the state from a dry start followed by too much moisture. We rank the state a 6.5 out of 10.

State of Wisconsin Image Collage

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About Wisconsin
Number of farms
225 acres
Average size of a Wisconsin farm
14,300,000 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
4,150,000 acres
Corn acres intended in 2021, +4% vs. 2020

174 bu/acre
Corn yield in 2020, +8.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
2,250,000 acres
Soybean acres intended in 2021, +13% vs. 2020

51 bu/acre
Soybean yield in 2020, +4.0 bu/acre vs. 2019
260,000 acres
Wheat acres intended in 2021, +13% vs. 2020

70 bu/acre 
Wheat yield in 2021, +1.0 bu/acre vs. 2020


2021 US Corn Belt Tour
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