Posted: Jun 27, 2017
There were 3.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending June 25, 2017. This past week producers were greeted with a large amount of rain in a matter of a few days. Some areas in central Michigan experienced excessive rain ranging from 1 to 10 inches adding to already wet conditions, while others in the southern part of the State received much needed rain and some could have used a bit more moisture. The significant rainfall aided crop growth and development, but hindered fieldwork. Some areas in the Upper Peninsula were awaiting warmer temperatures to push crop development.
Producers managed to make only minimal progress on harvesting hay due to frequent rain showers, and most weed spraying to soybean and sugarbeet fields were delayed by the wet weather. Corn looked good and some side dressing occurred, where weather permitted. Soybeans also progressed nicely, but there was water damage to both crops. Dry beans and sugarbeet fields also sustained damage. Some fields were completely destroyed after being underwater for more than 24 hours, and some replanting was expected, if possible. Winter wheat continued to mature steadily in good shape; however, various wheat fields appeared to be showing signs of blight.