Posted: Aug 15, 2017
There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending August 13, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Mild temperatures continued to provide favorable growing conditions and helped crops rebound from extreme rains earlier in the year in central and northern Michigan. Warm days and cool evening helped reduce some suffering, but crops were showing signs of moisture stress in the southern part of the State. Corn was maturing nicely in the upper two-thirds of the State. Further south, sections of the corn crop began to turn brown due to lack of moisture. The corn crop was progressing behind last year and the 5-year average.
Some parts of the State were experiencing white mold in the soybeans, but overall the crop was faring quite well. Soybeans were developing ahead of last year’s pace, but slightly behind the 5-year average. Producers were combining oats and wrapping up the winter wheat harvest. Sugarbeet harvest will be starting soon and second cutting hay harvest was still underway. Producers spent their week spreading lime on hay fields, manure hauling, planting cover crops, and seeding alfalfa.