Posted: Nov 21, 2017
There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 19, 2017 according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain and snowfall saturated fields again this week which limited fieldwork in many areas. Heavy rains brought the corn for grain and soybean harvest to a halt during the week. The remaining sugarbeet harvest was also hampered by wet fields. Many producers were waiting for the ground to dry out or freeze to resume harvest activities. Winter wheat growth was slowed by cold, cloudy conditions this past week. Surplus soil moisture was detrimental to winter wheat crop conditions in some areas. Some fieldwork activities took place before the rain and snow stopped progress. Those activities included repairing equipment, preparations for winter, and some fall tillage operations.