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Some Michigan Winter Wheat Fields May Not Get Planted
Michigan Ag Connection - 11/13/2019

Cold temperatures and heavy snowfall continued to be a hindrance for farmers in most parts of the State, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending Sunday. Farmers rushed to harvest as many fields as possible in anticipation of expected wintery weather. Corn fields continued to be harvested in areas where the weather permitted, but overall progress continued to lag well behind the five-year average.

Precipitation throughout the week prevented any significant dry-down of corn, as the estimated moisture content of the grain at harvest was twenty-five percent.

In the southernmost counties of the Lower Peninsula, farmers were able to make significant strides in the soybean harvest due to receiving more rain than snow. The estimated moisture content of the grain at harvest was 16 percent; yields were reported to be variable.

Elsewhere in the State, dry bean and soybean harvests stalled due to snow events.

In the Thumb, the sugarbeet harvest continued; despite reports of freezing temperatures and muddy conditions, producers were able to make significant progress.

Winter wheat planting continued where the weather permitted, but several growers noted that acres intended for wheat may not get seeded this fall due to delayed harvests of row crops and cold wet soil conditions.

There were some reports of fall tillage and manure spreading this week, but reports indicate that this too is behind schedule.

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