Much of the growing season is in the rearview window. We still have a little bit of time to round out the crop before combines start rolling in Michigan.
August was a dry month for several parts of the state. According to MAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin, September will be dry as well.
“I’m in the camp that we see better moisture potential through September than August, buy by no means do we see a long,” he said. “We’re going to be seeing September drier than normal—in the 60 to 70 percent of normal range—enough to give a finishing drink to some beans. Corn, the ship has sailed.”
Based on current weather conditions and patterns, Martin believes we will see a somewhat condensed harvest for both corn.
“You’re going to be seeing it come down to how much do you want to run the drier and will there be any earlier in-season premium for corn that you would maybe want to try and pull it sooner,” said Martin.
Since August lacked precipitation, it’s also accelerated dry down on soybeans.
“Being a much smaller time period elapsing between getting those groups of beans to maturity and dry down and getting into the mid group threes, I think that’s going to come a little bit sooner than normal in areas that got planted in April,” said Martin. “I think you’re going to be seeing it go pretty constant then from there forward.”
Michigan has seen big variations in moisture from the north to the south in terms of rain totals.
“Central Michigan is somewhat of a garden spot, and you get farther south, we run into some troubles,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean all is going to be right with the world in places in the I-96 corridor southward, there’s still going to be some dry spots. I do think Michigan is probably a little bit better off than Indiana.”