Michigan farmers set back by cool weather, replanting


Michigan farmers set back by cool weather, replanting

Michigan fieldwork activity picked up last week, but USDA reporters say it was still too cool to plant corn and soybeans in most areas.  Farmers were able to make good progress with manure and fertilizer application along with some spring tillage.

Sugarbeet producers continued planting, and some growers had to replant because of freeze events earlier this month.  More than 60% of the sugarbeets are planted in Michigan.  The April freeze also appeared to damage blooming fruit including apricots and plums but USDA officials say the extent of that damage won’t be known for a few weeks.

Tart Cherry buds were at green tip in the southwestern part of Michigan. Blueberry flower buds were opening in the southwest.  USDA says some growers in Ottawa County removed old blueberry fields that were heavily infested with blueberries stem gall wasp. Forty-three percent of Michigan’s winter wheat is in good condition with 36% fair and 8% excellent.

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