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“Oppressive” Heat to End the Week, Start the Next Will Be A Problem For Pollination

Later planted crops with shorter root systems and crops on lighter soils are showing signs of stress. Corn is beginning to show leaf curling. (Photo credit, Michigan Farm News)
Later planted crops with shorter root systems and crops on lighter soils are showing signs of stress. Corn is beginning to show leaf curling. (Photo credit, Michigan Farm News)

Headed into the overnight on Wednesday, Michigan will remain dry. Areas south of I-96 could pick up from a tenth of rain to a half inch, according to Ryan Martin, Michigan Ag Today chief meteorologist.

“Coverage will be about 40 percent there,” he said. “The rest of the state is looking dry for the balance of Thursday afternoon through the first half of Saturday.”

Martin is forecasting some scattered showers into the evening and overnight hours on Saturday and into Sunday.

“I wouldn’t get too geared up for moisture in that period, but the time period from Saturday through Monday night, you can probably pick up anywhere from a tenth to a half inch once again across Michigan,” he said. “Behind that, we’re mostly dry for next week.”

Despite this moisture in the forecast, temperatures are forecasted to be well-above normal for this time of year.

“The heat is going to be downright oppressive as we finish this week and go through most of next week,” said Martin. “Moisture is one thing, but for corn and pollination, that heat is going to be a problem.”