Mixed weather impacts Michigan crops


Mixed weather impacts Michigan crops

The weather was mixed across Michigan last week leading to varying crop and field conditions.  USDA statistician Marlo Johnson says the state had five days suitable for fieldwork as rain events were sporadic, but abnormally dry weather continued in the northwest and central parts of the lower peninsula.

Michigan’s winter wheat harvest is continuing.

Southcentral Michigan’s corn and soybeans were suffering from drought stress but USDA reporters say the crops perked up after some showers.

The second crop of alfalfa and other hay is reported to be shorter than average because of the dry weather.

Vegetable growers are relying on more irrigation because of the weather, and USDA reporters say insect pressure is heavy for some crops including celery and zucchini.  Harvest is beginning for cantaloupes and sweet onions, while harvesting continues for turnips and cucumbers.

The harvest continues for tart cherries and blueberries, as well as early-season peaches.