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Dry Spell Raises Concerns as Corn and Soybean Planting Nears Completion in Michigan
Michigan Ag Connection - 06/02/2023

Michigan farmers have been taking advantage of another week of hot and dry weather to make progress on corn and soybean planting. As of May 28, approximately 80% of both crops had been planted, according to the latest Crop Progress report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The emergence of corn and soybeans has also seen a significant increase, with 43% and 37% emerged, respectively, aligning with historical averages despite the prevailing dry conditions.

However, concerns are growing as the outlook for rain remains grim. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's precipitation outlook indicates a 40% to 50% below normal probability of rain in the coming days across most of the Lower Peninsula, accompanied by predictions of above-average temperatures.

Theresa Sisung, an industry relations specialist from the Michigan Farm Bureau, expressed worries about the dry May, which stands out as one of the driest in over a century. Early-planted crops are particularly at risk, and the urgent need is to ensure their successful emergence from the ground.

Brett Roberts, President of the Eaton County Farm Bureau, acknowledged the possibility of replanting if significant rain does not arrive soon. The establishment of stands and plant counts will determine the impact of the dry weather on the crops. Roberts emphasized the uncertainty surrounding the forecast and the reliance on Mother Nature to determine the fate of the crops.

In Washington Township, an orchard owner interviewed by WXYZ News in Detroit shared her concerns, estimating a potential 50% loss in the strawberry crop despite continuous irrigation efforts.

As Michigan's corn and soybean planting approaches completion, farmers are anxiously monitoring the weather forecast, hoping for much-needed rainfall to ensure the successful growth and development of their crops.

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