Planting Window Opens Wide Following Some Weekend Rain

A wide-open planting window shows up for Michigan farmers in Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin’s Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast.

Before we get to that window, we do have a frontal complex working through Michigan beginning today.

“Right now, I think we can look for anywhere from a tenth to three quarters of an inch of rain across all of Michigan, 100%,” says Martin. “The moisture started a little earlier in the UP, but it’s going to be working through everywhere. And then once we get into Saturday mid-day, most of Lower Michigan will start to clear out just a little bit.”

Martin does add that northern tier counties of Lower Michigan could see some wrap around moisture clusters Saturday afternoon and cloud cover will be seen across much of the state.

“So, just to make sure that we don’t set expectations too high, I’m going to really call for the next dry period to start on Sunday, actually overnight Saturday night through Sunday, and then we see no rain, no precipitation over a large chunk of Michigan all the way through next Saturday.”

The only caveat to that, according to Martin, is the UP, “Where we do see some scattered showers trying to come back into the forecast late next week, particularly Friday, Saturday, and that could be a precursor of something that wants to move down over Lower Michigan as we head into Memorial Day itself.”

Martin lays out his entire Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast in written form later today at It’s also brought to you by Greenstone Farm Credit Services.

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