Tuesdays sunny conditions and respite from downpours will be fairly short lived with showers arriving overnight. Wednesday likely will bring a few more soakers to recently planted crops. Thats good as long as those thunderstorms dont become over-achievers. Several Monday approached that level putting down an inch and 12-hundredths in Cass County and an inch in the Mendon area. Southeastern Kalamazoo and portions of St. Joseph also received soaking rainfall thats left some standing water. Nearby nine-tenths was recorded in the MSU rain gage in Albion and 84-hundredths in Lawton. Post-Wednesday we should have about three days to dry down before another system with the potential for potent thunderstorms arrives during the second half of the weekend. Temperatures will stay in the 60s to lower 70s late week and into the start of the week, so well have no heat stress in emerging plants. While the outlook isnt problem-free (it never is) theres still plenty of moisture and sunshine to make it over-all positive for Michigan growers looking for a break following a slow start to the 2014 season.
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