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Beginning of Sugarbeet Planting Season

April 15, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Sugarbeet planting has officially begun in Michigan as warmer temperatures and dry weather have allowed farmers to get a head start on their crops. According to the USDA, the winter wheat crop is showing positive progress with 68 percent rated as good to excellent, and 11 percent of the crop already jointed, ahead of last year and the five-year average.

Currently, sugarbeet planting stands at 14 percent, while oats are at four percent. The recent warm weather has also prompted bud development in fruit crops, especially peaches in the southwest region, where trees are starting to bloom.

Despite the favorable conditions for planting, Michigan soils remain saturated, with 33 percent of the state experiencing a moisture surplus in topsoils and 21 percent in subsoils. Farmers will need to monitor and manage moisture levels as planting season progresses.

Overall, the outlook for crop conditions and progress in Michigan looks promising as the season gets underway. Stay tuned for more updates on fieldwork, soil moisture levels, and crop developments in the coming weeks.

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