Posted: Jul 11, 2017
There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 9, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warm weather allowed producers to catch up on spraying, gathering hay off fields, fertilizing, and other fieldwork activities. Producers assessed crop damage from earlier rains as fields began to dry out. Some areas in southern Michigan received much needed rains this week which helped replenish soil moisture.
Corn conditions varied across the State. Corn seemed to be in mostly good condition, but was stressed from lack of rain in some areas and yellowing from too much rain in others. Some side-dressing of corn took place while the weather was nice. Soybeans fared better in the wet conditions as opposed to corn in the West, but were reportedly slow in flowering in some locations. Winter wheat harvest had begun in some southern and eastern locations and continued to mature nicely. The sugarbeet crop condition also showed improvement due to the dry weather. Dry bean replanting occurred in central and eastern Michigan. Quality of hay was down due the rain delayed harvest. Luckily, this past week, dry hay harvest accelerated due to favorable weather conditions.