April showers benefiting Michigan wheat

Rain and snow during the first week of April caused widespread fieldwork delays for Michigan farmers.

Soils are saturated with 19 percent of the state seeing a moisture surplus and 17 percent of subsoils.

The USDA says winter wheat is now rated 62 percent good to excellent with jointing running slightly behind last year and average.

The cool weather has helped slow fruit development, but growers are reporting some damage in apple orchards.

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