Posted: Oct 24, 2017
There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 22, 2017 according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warmer temperatures and windy conditions helped dry fields in most regions across the State. As a result, farmers were able to resume their harvest and planting activities by mid-week. The corn harvest was able to gain momentum statewide and was 34 percent complete by week’s end. However, downed stalks slowed progress in some southern Michigan fields.
The dry, warm weather also benefited the soybean harvest, which continued to outpace last year and the 5-year average. Hay also was harvested this week as a result of the favorable weather, and the harvest continued into its third and fourth cutting.
Winter wheat planting progressed during the week as well, and the early planted wheat was responding well to the previous week’s precipitation and the warm fall temperatures. Other activities during the week included storing machinery, performing fall tillage operations, hauling manure, finishing orchard maintenance, and applying fall herbicides and fertilizers.