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Michigan crops good, but some insect pressure

Michigan farmers were able to get a lot of field work done last week.  USDA’s Marlo Johnson says there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork with warm and windy conditions around much of the state.

About half of the  corn and soybean crops are in good condition as the state still has adequate soil moisture levels.

The drier weather slowed emergence for all crops, but farmers were able to start side dressing corn in the southern lower peninsula and a lot of hay was cut.  USDA reporters say the winter wheat and oats need moisture to fill out the grain, but the crop is not in critical condition.  Dry bean emergence is also reported as good with little insect or disease pressure.

Michigan crops good, but some insect pressure