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Weather Forecast to Close Out April Not Conducive for Planting

Cold temperatures will be what holds up planting across Michigan here in the near term. That’s the word from MAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin in our first Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast of the season.

Martin says, yes, you’ll be able to dabble a bit and get some things done in the field here and there, but just take a look at these temperatures.

“As we move through the weekend and into early next week, Michigan is going to be at least a good 10 to 15 degrees below normal. We may even have to deal with some on-again, off-again snow shower action in northern parts of the state and in The Thumb for Saturday the 22nd.”

Martin’s forecast calls for that cold air to stick around Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday next week.

“We may see some slight temperature moderation Wednesday, but it’s replaced by another surge of cold air Thursday and Friday. So, while I’m calling for a completely dry week over Michigan this upcoming week, it’s not a week that’s going to be conducive to a lot of field work. Soil temperatures are going to be lagging, and drying will be happening a lot slower with these cooler temperatures.”

Martin says another weather system will lift up through Michigan late next week, Saturday into Sunday.

“Rain to start, anywhere from a quarter to one inch on Saturday going into early Sunday, but then cold air comes in behind. So, I will not rule out some of that rain ending as wet snow, particularly Sunday the 30th. We stay chilly into the first of May. So, again, the pattern through these last 10 days of April is not conducive to seeing wholesale, big time fieldwork across Michigan.”

See Martin’s full Seed Genetics Direct Planting Weather Forecast later Friday here at MichiganAgToday.com, also brought to you by Greenstone Farm Credit Services.