Michigan crop condition improving


Michigan crop condition improving

Hot, dry weather in Michigan helped push crops toward maturity last week.

The USDA says 22 percent of corn is silking and condition improved seven points to 61 percent good to excellent.  Soybeans are 46 percent blooming, seven percent setting pods, and condition improved 10 points to 66 percent good to excellent.

Cass City farmer Dave Milligan tells Brownfield he’s done with wheat harvest, but the rest of his crops need water, “We’re watching the sky for rainfall everyday here, every hour of every day I guess.”

As of Sunday, 64 percent of oats, 43 percent of dry beans, and 68 percent of sugarbeets were in good to excellent condition. Wheat harvest was 78 percent complete.

High humidity is causing pest and disease issues for fruit and vegetable crops.  Peach and blueberry harvest continues as well as for squash, beans and onions.