Posted: Jun 20, 2017
There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending June 18, 2017. Week ending rains recharged soil moisture and provided much needed stress relief to many areas. Other areas did not get enough rain to alleviate extremely dry conditions. The added moisture and warm temperatures provided optimal growing conditions and boosted crop development. Fieldwork was limited late in the week due to the rain showers and high winds. Excessively dry conditions during much of June slowed soybean emergence in some areas and some replanting of corn and soybean was necessary.
The late week rains aided corn and soybean outlook, but crop development continued to lag behind last year and the 5-year average. Oat planting was coming to a close and progressing nicely. Dry bean planting progress approached 75 percent complete and was doing well. The winter wheat crop continued to progress towards maturity and crop conditions improved following the rainfall last week. The hay harvesting continued at a rapid pace, until week ending rains halted progress. The heat coupled with the rain boosted crop growth.