Crops off to a good start

A Michigan sugarbeet grower says he’s nearly finished planting after working through some variable weather conditions.

Sanilac County’s Rick Gerstenberger tells Brownfield planting started earlier than normal.

“First beets went in on April 9th, and then we had a long delay in between,” he shares. “We didn’t get back in the field till around the 26th of April and then we had another week off. Rainy weather, cold, wet, and that went on for several weeks.”

He says planting wrapped up about two weeks ago and while there are some thin spots, “I think the beet crop as a whole is better than average and stands are good and for the most part.”

Gerstenberger says he’s nearly done planting corn and that crop is doing really well.

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