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Southern Michigan Apple Harvest Picking Up
Michigan Ag Connection - 09/17/2019

Storms curtailed fieldwork across most of the State, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending Sunday. Heavy rainfall was prevalent in regions across the Lower Peninsula, with downpours and high winds in some areas. Despite receiving much needed precipitation, producers continued to express concerns towards crop conditions. Spotters noted that some corn fields continued to look short, and certain soybean fields were still struggling to fill pods. Some farmers also started to harvest immature corn fields for silage. The sugarbeet harvest continued in the Thumb. Progress was slowed due to the wet weather, and yields were reported to be variable. Pasture and range conditions improved slightly due to the wet weather. Other activities included the planting of winter wheat and other cover crops where the weather permitted.

Carrot and potato harvest continued in most major growing areas. Across the state, producers are preparing for plantings of fall cover crops and starting on other post-season activities. There have been no know reports of Phytophthora Infestans (Late blight) in Michigan to date.

Apple harvest in southern Michigan picked up. Growers picked McIntosh, Paula Red, and Gingergold heavily. Gala, Honeycrisp, and other early apples were harvested for the fresh market. Jonathans and Empires were harvested for the taffy market. Apples were harvested for processing. Codling moth, oriental fruit moth, and obliquebanded leafroller remained pests of economic concern and growers were controlling them where necessary on later harvested varieties. Blueberry harvest was wrapping up or complete on farms. Growers irrigated to maintain good plant growth.

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