Posted: May 15, 2017
There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending May 14, 2017, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Recent rains subsided this week and temperatures, which began the week below normal, warmed to more seasonal levels as the week progressed. A couple of nights at the beginning of the week brought heavy frost, affecting some crops, but the extent of damage is unknown at the time. Warmer temperatures, along with dry conditions and occasional high winds, helped dry wet soils and allowed producers to make major progress this week with tillage, planting, weed spraying, and manure spreading operations. Corn and soybeans were being planted as soon as the soils were dried out, but planting progress continued to lag behind last year and the 5-year average.
Sugarbeet planting advanced rapidly as soil conditions improved and was over 90 percent complete by week’s end. Oat seeding also made good progress. Planting progress surpassed last year’s pace, but still lagged the average. Winter wheat development was boosted by the warmer temperatures and sunshine later in the week, but heading had yet to begin.