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Michigan crop update: Dry weather wins in north

EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending November 9, according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The week began with unseasonably warm and dry weather, peaking on Wednesday with most areas of the Lower Peninsula reaching a high temperature above 70 degrees.

Rain fell across much of the state on Thursday into Friday, followed by dry, but much cooler weather going into the weekend. The warmer conditions during the first part of the week brought a halt to sugarbeet harvest for pile storage, harvest resumed on Saturday after temperatures fell and the rain stopped.

The warmer weather was beneficial for germination and emergence of later planted winter wheat, and for harvest of both corn and soybeans. Other activities for the week included repairing machinery, doing soil samples, spraying herbicides, planting rye for cover, fall tillage, preparing new orchard areas for spring plantings, raking leaves, and planning for 2016.