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Ag. Weather Outlook 7-25-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Its another day of sunshine as the blueberry harvest moves along in Southwest Michigan. Bruce Mackellar, MSU Ag Extension Agent, echoes his colleagues in giving positive marks for the 2014 growing season for field crops to date. One possible flaw could be Growing Degree Day accumulation during July, which is often the time that measure of where the season stands moves ahead the fastest. Growing Degree Day readings will be held back in the week ahead to some extent as a cooler, damper air mass lingers over Michigan. It should help the corn silking process as the plants silks need to be moist to receive the pollen. Mackellar also says corn plants that suffered from high winds with storms during the opening days of the month have now pretty much recovered from that trauma as they return to an upright position to continue their growing cycle. However, he says youll still find a lot of plants leaning over some and growing outside the row and that could become a bit of a complication when harvest time rolls around. Therell be several periods of thunderstorms forming this weekend. Some could put down significant rainfall across the area. This will be followed by much cooler air for most of next week with a chance for some shower activity.