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Warm, Dry Weather Aids Harvest

Published: Friday, November 24, 2023

The following is from the Michigan Field Office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Nov. 19.

Warm, dry weather allowed farmers to make excellent harvesting progress.

There were six days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn for grain harvest remained behind the 5-year average. Corn for grain moisture content at harvest was 22%, down 1 point from last week but up 2 points from the 5-year average.

Farmers capitalized on the dry week and made good progress on soybean harvesting.

Winter wheat planting wrapped up.

Other activities last week included tending livestock and hauling grain.

The crop progress schedule (last week, previous week, 2022 and five-year average) showed: corn harvested for grain, 67, 52, 85, 75; soybeans harvested, 92, 83, 98, 88; winter wheat planted, 97, 92, 100, 96; winter wheat emerged, 86, 76, 97, 89; sugarbeets harvested, 96, 92, 97, 97.

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