There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending August 23, according to the Great Lakes Regional office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Many parts of the state received much needed rain this week, although parts of the Northwest Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula were still abnormally dry.
Corn was starting to dent in a few areas of the state, and some early planted corn in the south was reported as showing signs of maturity. Some white mold was reported in both soybeans and dry beans in the East Central region. Sugarbeet harvest began this week; initial reported yields are very good. Other activities for the week included combining oats and barley, cutting hay, baling straw, planting cover crops, and preparing for harvest.
Tart cherry harvest wrapped up in the northwest; the industry is reporting that this year’s crop met or slightly exceeded expectations. Harvest of midseason peach varieties, including Allstar, Loring, Coralstar, Catherina, PF 17, PF19A-007, Sweetstar, and Bellaire, continued in the south, while peach harvest was beginning in the northwest.
Pears continued to size well; Clapp’s Favorite were being harvested in the southeast. Apple harvest of Zestar began this week, with Ginger Gold and Paula Red expected to begin soon. Japanese plum harvest was winding down, while European plum harvest was expected to begin soon. Grape veraison was just beginning in Concord grapes; the third generation of grape berry moth continued.
Blueberry harvest was winding down in the south and west central regions; SWD numbers were reported climbing in some areas. Harvest of summer red raspberries ended while harvest of fall red raspberries started in the south.
Carrot development continued to make good progress in the west central area. Downy mildew remained a major concern in pickling cucumbers in the west. Sweet corn harvest continued in the eastern region. Onions were being harvested in the east as well.
Watermelons in the southwest were sizing nicely although insect pressure has increased substantially. Disease pressure remained high across most regions and Michigan State Extension urged growers to continue scouting efforts and spraying schedules.