Posted: Jul 25, 2017
There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending July 23, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Muggy weather was prevalent this week, with temperatures ranging from average to above average across most of the State. The weekend brought widespread, scattered showers and cooler temperatures to the region, although more rain was needed to support crop growth. An abnormally dry band persisted, stretching from St. Joseph to Oakland County. T
he warm weather continued to benefit the corn crop and tasseling is now evident in most fields. There had been some reports of corn rootworm beetles in non-bt corn fields. Soybeans continued to thrive with many fields setting pods; some areas received herbicide and nitrogen applications, where necessary.
Many operators took advantage of ideal weather conditions to make significant progress on wheat harvest. While some producers were able to wrap up harvest and follow up with manure applications, others were delayed by rain late in the week. Pre-harvest sprout in wheat was a concern for some farmers. Alfalfa and dry hay harvest similarly advanced with the dry weather and most first cuttings approached completion.