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Good Harvest Progress, Then Snow

Published: Friday, November 18, 2022

The following is from the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 13.

Much of the state experienced dry conditions, allowing producers to make good progress on fall harvest while fieldwork on the Lake Michigan shoreline halted following the first significant snowfall of the year.

There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, Keweenaw County, and counties in the Eastern and South Central Lower Peninsula were reported as abnormally dry. The Thumb Region and a few counties in the Southeast continued to experience moderate drought.

Corn for grain harvest was winding down in the central and eastern regions of the state; moisture content at harvest was reported as 19%.

Soybean harvest neared completion throughout the state; moisture content of beans was reported as 13%, unchanged from the previous week.

Winter wheat planting wrapped up statewide; wheat emergence continued to progress ahead of its five-year average.

Sugarbeet harvest slowed with the cool weather.

Other activities during the week included fall tillage, seeding rye, hauling manure and prepping for winter.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2021 and 5-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 78, 60, 74, 66; soybeans harvested, 95, 89, 78, 83; winter wheat emerged, 94, 91, 80, 84; sugarbeets harvested, 92, 71, 93, 90.

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