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Michigan crops benefited from rain

Michigan’s crop conditions improved after some welcome rains arrived last week.  USDA statistician Marlo Johnson says despite the additional precipitation, the latest US Drought Monitor continues to show Menominee County and the central lower peninsula as abnormally dry and counties in east-central Michigan along with the thumb region in moderate drought.

Michigan farmers spent much of last week planting cover crops to follow winter wheat, oats, and barley.  

Corn and soybean conditions improved, and southeastern Michigan farmers were able to put up more hay.  About 55% of corn and 45% of soybeans are in good condition with less than 15% in excellent condition.

Michigan crops benefited from rain