Cold, wet weather slowed Michigan farmers last week

Cold and rainy weather slowed down many Michigan farmers last week.  USDA statistician Marlo Johnson says producers waited for warmer soil temperatures to begin planting as there were less than two days suitable for fieldwork in the week ending Sunday.

Winter wheat is beginning to green up.  Michigan farmers also did some manure and fertilizer applications last week with some spring tillage.

Most of Michigan experienced the warmest winter on record with little or no snow cover.  That, along with cold weather in mid-January and in March caused heavy damage to some fruit, as some producers are anticipating no peach crop and a reduced apple crop this year. 

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