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Still Too Wet to Begin Fieldwork


Published: Friday, April 12, 2019

The following is from the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Ser-vice for the week ending April 7.

Most regions across the state experienced warmer temperatures and varying levels of precipitation.

Despite warmer temperatures, counties in the Upper Peninsula reported residual snow cover.

Regions in the Lower Peninsula reported having melting snow due to rain, which resulted in over saturated fields and flooding.

In the drier and warmer areas of the state, winter wheat continued to break dormancy. Conditions varied depending on soil moisture levels.

In areas where the weather permitted, oats and sugarbeets continued to be planted. However, most areas were still too wet for any substantial fieldwork.

Other activities included the spreading of manure, and equipment preparation for the upcoming planting season.

There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork.

Topsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 1 percent; adequate, 66 percent; surplus, 33 percent.

Subsoil moisture was rated very short, 0 percent; short, 2 percent; adequate, 66 percent; surplus, 32 per-cent.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: winter wheat jointing, 3, 0, 2, 1; oats planted, 1, 0, 2, 1; sugarbeets planted, 1, 0, 0, 0.

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