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Ag. Weather Outlook 4-10-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Just how slow a start its been to this years Michigan growing season is underscored by the Great Lakes office of the National Agricultural Statistics Services report. It shows, statewide, a 61-percent surplus of topsoil moisture and 52-percent surplus of subsoil moisture with hardly any of surveyed locations indicating short or very short amounts. While thats good in the long-run its leading to delayed fieldwork right now. Last week there was just a single day suitable to get out in the fields. Sandy soils drain faster that those to our north and east yet plenty of reports tell of wet conditions and what appears to be a significant two or three day moisture event on the horizon this weekend into next week. Elsewhere fruit tree trimming and manure spreading is underway. As expected, some reports of winter animal damage is showing up on fruit trees. However growers dont seem to be pushing the panic button right now. Corn planting typically wouldnt happen quite yetand soybean planting not until late April. Its still too early to judge how late spring will affect planting of major field crops.

Rick Shields