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USDA Michigan Crop Progress & Condition Report For The Week Ending May 14, 2017

Posted: May 15, 2017

There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending May 14, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Recent rains subsided this week and  temperatures,  which  began  the  week  below  normal, warmed  to  more  seasonal  levels  as  the  week  progressed.  A couple of nights at the beginning of the week brought heavy frost,  affecting  some  crops,  but  the  extent  of  damage  is unknown  at  the  time.  Warmer  temperatures,  along  with  dry conditions and occasional high winds, helped dry wet soils and allowed  producers  to  make  major  progress  this  week  with tillage,  planting,  weed  spraying,  and  manure  spreading operations. Corn and soybeans were being planted as soon as the soils were dried out, but planting progress continued to lag behind last year and the 5-year average.


Sugarbeet  planting advanced rapidly as soil conditions improved and was over 90 percent complete by week’s end. Oat seeding also made good progress. Planting progress surpassed last year’s pace, but still lagged the average.  Winter  wheat  development was boosted by the warmer temperatures and sunshine later in the week, but heading had yet to begin.

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