Posted: Sep 4, 2017
There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending September 3, 2017, according to
Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The weather had a slight change of pace and was much cooler and wet this past week in parts of northern and western Michigan. Some producers were concerned about the frost and overall lack of warm weather to finish out the crops. Meanwhile, dry conditions were reported in some East Central and southern regions of the State. Producers were hoping for some heat specifically to help ripen the corn in the north while dry conditions adversely affected corn in some southern locations. Corn silage harvest was just getting underway. The soybean crop was beginning to turn color in some locations and most producers were hoping for additional moisture to help with pod fill. Dry beans began to drop leaves and harvest was a few weeks away for some.
Harvest was already underway for some sugarbeet producers. Progress appeared to be moving along faster than normal in some areas of Michigan. Second and third cutting hay harvest continued where moisture conditions allowed. Some small grain harvest activities continued in northern Michigan, while producers further south were preparing for winter wheat planting. Other fieldwork included baling straw and hauling manure.