Posted: Jul 6, 2017
There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 2, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Many areas in central and northern Michigan remained too wet for fieldwork. Some areas in southern Michigan received heavily needed rain while persistent wet conditions in other areas made it difficult for fieldwork.
Crop conditions varied widely across the State. Warmer weather this past week accelerated crop development in many areas and assisted with the drying of fields allowing some producers to side-dress corn and accomplish some weed spraying. Soggy fields have caused some yellowing of corn and hindered some nitrogen applications, but corn seemed to be making considerable progress. The cool, wet weather slowed soybean and dry bean growth and the excess water required producers to replant in some areas. Winter wheat continues to advance towards maturity with many producers expecting to begin harvest next week. Minute amounts of hay were baled this past week due to unfavorable conditions. Some hay has reportedly been lost due to spoilage in the field after cutting. Some second cuttings have occurred in higher ground, but some fields were still awaiting the first cut.