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Michigan Corn Harvest Stands at 56%

Published: Friday, November 29, 2019

The following is from the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 24.

Less precipitation and warmer temperatures allowed more farmers to harvest row crops throughout much of the state. There were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Desperation has led many farmers to harvest corn fields in wet conditions. The moisture content of the grain harvested showed no significant dry down by continuing to be at 24 percent.

Reporters also noted that test weights for corn have been below normal.

Little progress was made with the soybean harvest; the estimated moisture content of the grain harvested was 16 percent.

Multiple producers expressed concerns that some fields will end up being left unharvested as a result of poor access and persistent snow cover.

Most farmers have either finished or given up on winter wheat seeding. Reporters expressed concerns that conditions have not been conducive in promoting emergence, especially in late plantings.

Other activities included fertilizer applications where the weather permitted.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2018 and 5-year average) showed: corn, harvested for grain 56, 39, 81, 83; soybeans, harvested 80, 76, 88, 94; winter wheat, planted 91, 89, 99, 99; winter wheat, emerged 85, 81, 86, 92.

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