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One of Michigan’s worst years for corn condition

Periods of very hot weather and heavy rainfall made last week difficult for crops struggling in Michigan.

The USDA says the state’s corn crop is now the fifth worst on record at 46 percent good to excellent, with 85 percent emergence.

Soybeans are 95 percent planted, 79 percent emerged and 45 percent good to excellent.

The wheat crop is now 20 percent mature with 97 percent headed and condition improved one points to 45 percent good to excellent.

Dry beans are 86 percent planted and 49 percent emerged.  Sugarbeet condition is now 64 percent good to excellent. The first cutting of alfalfa is 75 percent complete.

Harvest of squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and some celery and cole crops continues.  Conditions are conducive for diseases and insect pressure.  Tart cherry harvest is expected anytime in the Southwest.

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