Michigan crop conditions dropping
Sporadic rains have not been enough to alleviate declining crop conditions in Michigan.
The USDA says 89 percent of the topsoil moisture is in short to very short supply across the state. Fire conditions are rated “very high” in the Upper Peninsula and ‘extreme’ in the Lower Peninsula.
Nearly all corn and soybeans have emerged, with only 32 percent of corn in good to excellent conditions while soybeans are at 23 percent. Dry beans are 80 percent planted and 53 percent emerged while farmers wait for rain.
Winter wheat condition dropped to 36 percent good to excellent with 93 percent headed.
Growers report apples are doing better than expected with a good crop potential and tart cherries are just starting to blush. Harvest is underway for summer squash, turnips and cucumbers should start soon.
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Author: Nicole Heslip