Posted: Oct 30, 2017
There were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending October 29, 2017 according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Cooler weather and heavy rains came through the State this past week. Some producers experienced their first frost. The soil moisture was needed in many areas, but wet field conditions limited fieldwork and caused harvest activities to progress slowly. Corn harvest progressed steadily between rains. Consequently, corn harvest advanced 10 percentage points and remained slightly ahead of last year and the 5-year average.
The soybean harvest neared to completion, but progress was limited due to wet field conditions. Sugarbeet harvest approached the halfway mark this past week with permanent pilling underway. The hay season is coming to an end with third cutting wrapping up. Winter wheat continued to emerge in good condition, but cool temperatures slowed germination and growth in some areas. Other fieldwork activities included repairing equipment, applying lime and fertilizer, and performing fall tillage operations.