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Michigan crop progress above average

Corn planting jump started last week in Michigan.

Jim Zook with Michigan Corn tells Brownfield warmer soil temperatures have allowed farmers to plant more.

“We’re to the point now that the soil temperatures have now seemed to stay above that 50° threshold limit, and they’re staying above that temperature at night, that’s what we want,” he says.

The USDA says corn is now 16 percent planted, ahead of last year and the five-year average. Soybean planting is at 13 percent, also ahead of last year.

Sugarbeets are now 75 percent planted, 50 percent emerged, while oats are 54 percent planted and 26 percent emerged.

Winter wheat in Michigan is rated 72 percent good to excellent with 66 percent of the crop jointed, well ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Fruit crops are developing up to two weeks ahead of normal and are in various bloom phases.  Growers in the southwest reported significant frost damage last week. Asparagus harvest is underway and vegetable transplanting is ongoing.

AUDIO: Jim Zook, Michigan Corn

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