Posted: Jun 13, 2017
There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending June 11, 2017. High winds coupled with warm temperatures dried soils and allowed many producers to catch up on planting, spraying, and fertilizing, although high winds made spraying difficult at times. The lack of moisture was beginning to stress crops in some areas and many areas were reportedly in need of a good soaking rain by week’s end.
A good week of weather allowed corn and soybean planting to advance towards completion. Corn and soybean emergence was steady, but continued to lag behind last year and the 5-year average. The warm, dry weather provided good conditions for harvesting hay. Producers made good progress planting dry beans, but remained well behind last year’s pace. Over three-fourths of winter wheat crop was headed by week’s end, behind last year and the 5-year average. Disease pressure in winter wheat was noted in some areas.
Damage from the May 8-9 frosts has become more visible as warmer temperatures promoted rapid growth in all fruit crops. Fruit set has been highly variable, even on plants and trees within the same areas, ranging from heavy to nonexistent. Strawberry harvest began in southernmost counties; many growers reported smaller than normal berry size.
Asparagus harvest continued in the West Central region. Early season pests have become the main concern for growers.