Michigan dryness continues

Continued dry weather is starting to impact crop emergence and conditions in Michigan.

Corn Marketing Program of Michigan Director of Research and Agronomy Kristin Poley tells Brownfield there’s no rain forecasted until at least the weekend.

“And if we don’t get any rain and emergence continues to happen, we expect that to be a little bit spotty in places, especially where there is less moisture due to soil texture and could even start to see some replanting efforts,” she says.

As of Sunday, the USDA says corn is now 91 percent planted while soybeans are at 92 percent planted, ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Winter wheat condition dropped to 53 percent good to excellent with 95 percent jointed.  Dry beans are 28 percent planted and alfalfa’s first cutting is 40 percent finished.

Fruit and vegetable growers are irrigating heavily to help support crop development.

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