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Positive Stories for Michigan’s Field, Fruit Crops in Latest Progress Report

Field Crops

Michigan experienced a few rain showers accompanied by brief dips into colder temperatures, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service in USDA’s weekly Crop Progress Report for Michigan.

There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending April 18, 2021.

Winter wheat condition showed slight improvement with a reported 73 percent of the crop rated in good to excellent condition; despite cooler temperatures the crop has shown significant growth.

Oat and barley seeding continued to make fairly rapid progress as generally drier conditions allowed for fieldwork. Barley planting is 19 percent complete with 1 percent emerged, and oat planting is 47 percent complete with 23 percent of the crop emerged.

Sugarbeet producers continued planting efforts as early seeded beets began to emerge. 60 percent of the crop is planted and 14 percent is emerged.

Corn and soybean growers began planting as conditions allowed. There has been a general concern amongst many producers that a lack of moisture going forward may cause germination problems. 2 percent of corn has been planted, and 1 percent of soybeans.

Fruit

Weather last week returned to a more normal spring pattern with cooler temperatures and rain. This slowed fruit development.

Tart cherries in the Northwest were in green tip to bud burst. In the Southwest, tarts were at first white.

Apple were in a tight cluster in the Northwest. In the Grand Rapids area, apples were between tight cluster to first pink and at early to full pink in the Southwest. There was some damage to king bloom on apples in the Southwest from early April freeze events. Growers in the Northwest applied dormant sprays ahead of storms. Because of long, lingering wetting events, conditions were good for apple scab infection.

Blueberries in the West Central suffered no negative effects from the winter. Blueberry growth ranged from tight cluster to half-inch green there. In the Southwest, blueberry flower buds had burst and were at tight cluster.

Peaches in the Southwest were blooming. There appeared to be little damage to peaches from early April freeze events or from winter.