Showers are finally hitting dry ground

Despite dry conditions and a recent frost, the Michigan Corn Growers Association says the crop is doing ok across the state.

“We’re not too worried yet in terms impacts but we do need some rain.”

Research manager Kristin Poley tells Brownfield crops on sandy soils will see a huge benefit from rain moving across Michigan this week but the largest impacts from dry conditions happen during grain fill in August.

“Certainly the crops need the water now to support a healthy plant, but when it comes time for ear fill and kernel fill—that’s when the water is going to be very important,” she explains.

Michigan’s corn planting is essentially complete which Poley says has ended ahead of normal along with emergence for the beginning of June.

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