Posted: Jul 17, 2017
There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 16, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Although most of the State experienced several rain events this week, the timely showers and warm temperatures proved beneficial to overall crop development. While some areas in northern Michigan continued to struggle with saturated fields, rainfall in the lower central and southern parts were welcomed, as they provided a much needed addition to short moisture supplies. The weather boosted corn development, as much of the crop greened up and entered the tasseling stage. Corn remained in mostly good condition, except for drowned out areas. Soybeans also benefitted from the rain and were continuing to close canopies and cover rows. Between showers, producers applied fertilizer and herbicide to both corn and soybeans, as well as, fungicide on sugarbeets and dry beans. Wheat had been slow to dry down due to the wet, muggy weather, but dry conditions by week’s end allowed harvest activities to pick back up. The second cutting of alfalfa and dry hay were also underway as the timely rain had improved regrowth.