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Michigan crop progress

 

From cool and sunny to warm and sunny, the weather in Michigan has led to the beginning of wheat harvest, second-cutting hay harvest and tasseling corn of all varieties.

According to NASS, there were large amounts of rain across the Lower Peninsula that led to concerns of crop damage in dry beans and harvest challenges in alfalfa. Winter wheat harvest has begun in southern Michigan and decent yields are expected.

Corn and soybean fields are approaching tasseling and flowering stages, respectively. Sprayers can be seen on the roads as they travel to fields and hay harvesting is under way through all regions of the state.

On the fruity side of things, apples ranged in size from 1.2-1.6 inches in diameter in the west Michigan area and a little larger in the southern portions of the state. Apples are developing well thanks to heavy rainfall; predicted harvest dates, however, are slightly behind normal.

Early peach varieties began coloring and harvest will begin this week, while Redhaven harvest is predicted to start Aug. 3. Sweet cherry harvest has tapered off in the south while tart cherries are in full swing and beginning to harvest in the northwest.

Pears ranged from 0.75 inch in the northwest to 1.5 inches in the south. Blueberry harvest is also in full swing in the southern portions of the state, with supplies predicted to hold out until Aug. 1.

By Melissa Hart

Michigan Correspondent

7/23/2014