Crop condition dropping in Michigan

Field crop planting is mostly complete across Michigan.

Widespread storms last week caused flooding and damage in some areas of Michigan because of heavy rain and strong winds.

The USDA says corn is now 93 percent emerged, and condition dropped seven points to 58 percent good to excellent.  Soybeans are 92 percent emerged, and condition dropped ten points to 57 percent good to excellent.

President of the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan Paul Wagner says this year’s planting season had some rain delays, but it was still better than last year.

“We’re all finished up.  It was a little bit of everything this year, we had hot, we had cold, we had a fair amount of rain.”

Oats in are 88 percent emerged, and condition improved three points to 68 percent good to excellent.  Dry beans are 62 percent planted, 35 percent emerged, and first cutting of alfalfa is 70 percent complete.

Winter wheat is 80 percent headed with condition declining four points to 61 percent good to excellent.  Sugarbeet condition declined 11 points to 41 percent in good to excellent condition.

Fruit crops are showing signs of water stress and hot weather brought an end to the tart cherry bloom.  Asparagus harvest complete in most regions and vegetable transplanting is ongoing.

Wagner made his comments during this past week’s Checkoff Check-In.

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