Analysis: 8 Percent of Wisconsin’s Corn Crop Is Mature

Farm Economy Check 092719

It’s no secret it’s another tight year for row crop farmers in the Corn Belt and Upper Midwest. Analysts say the uncertainty hasn’t changed.

“That’s the status of the farm economy,” said Paul Mitchell, an economist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s waiting for results for this uncertainty while we go in to harvest.”

Luckily, Wisconsin producers do cut silage for its livestock industry. Other states don’t have this outlet.

“We chop 25 to 30 percent of our corn acres this year,” said Mitchell. “That’s a major advantage for [Wisconsin] with row crop production [as it is chopped] for dairy forage.”

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