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Harvest Slow But Continues Ahead of Five-Year Average

Michigan experienced a mixture of rain and snow accompanied by cold temperatures throughout the week, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

According to the November 2 Crop Progress Report, there were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 1, 2020. Cold and wet conditions delayed fieldwork in some areas although many producers were able to continue harvesting efforts as the weather allowed.

Corn and soybean harvest continued to progress despite generally unfavorable weather conditions. Corn harvested for grain was at 53 percent with a reported moisture content of 21 percent.

Soybeans harvested was at 79 percent with a reported moisture content of 15 percent. Sugarbeet harvest made significant progress, jumping well ahead of the previous year and five-year average.

Dry bean producers approached the conclusion of harvest.

Fruit

Apple harvest was nearly complete in Michigan. Growers were finishing harvest of late ripening varieties and turning their attention to other orchard activities that needed to be completed prior to snowfall. This will be the last fruit report for the season.