There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending September 24, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Dry conditions and record high temperatures continued to impact crops throughout the State this week. While the
unseasonable temperatures assisted many crops in maturing and dry down, rainfall was needed to replenish soil moisture and aid in remaining crop development. A minor rain shower moved across the State mid-week, but total
accumulation was not enough to be impactful. In many areas the corn crop began to dry down, as extreme heat and dry conditions pushed the crop to a quick maturity.
Corn silage harvest continued, as well as sugarbeet harvest. Many soybeans fields were rapidly dropping leaves and harvest was proceeding in many areas. Some wheat planting occurred, however, producers may be holding off for some additional precipitation to supplement soil moisture levels. Hay cutting continued, although some fields were stagnant due to lack of rain. Pastures were beginning to turn brown and some producers started feeding hay to livestock.