Six days were suitable for fieldwork during the week ended Sept. 11, according to the USDA, NASS, Michigan Field Office. Precipitation ranged from 0 inches to 0.09 inches in the Upper Peninsula and 0 to 1.48 inches in the Lower Peninsula. Temperatures were 1 degree above normal in the Upper Peninsula and ranged from 5 to 1 degree below normal in the Lower Peninsula. Most of the state received little or no rainfall during the week. "It was another beautiful summer week, but we could have used some rain to help finish out the crops," said a reporter in Saginaw County. Light frost was reported in low lying areas in northwestern Lower Peninsula.
Corn was in the R3 to R5 stages. More silage was being harvested. Soybeans
were in R5 to R6. Some early maturing varieties had leaves that started to turn color. Alfalfa fourth cutting took place on many farms, and new fall seedlings were planted. Dry bean harvest was underway in the central and west central Lower Peninsula. A few fields had some bacterial blight present. There was also some bean leaf rust present at low levels and a minor amount of white mold in some fields. Sugarbeets were looking good overall. Cooler temperatures slowed evaporation rates, but the beet crop used all
available moisture to put on tons. Field preparations were being made for wheat planting. Some wheat was aerial seeded last week in soybeans.
Gala, McIntosh, and Honeycrisp apples were harvested in the southwest; the harvest of early season varieties began in the northwest. High numbers of obliquebanded leafrollers were flying. The plum and pear harvests continued. Late season peach harvest wound down in the southwest and ended in the Grand Rapids area. The Niagara grape harvest is set to begin. Cool weather slowed wine grape development in the northwest. Fall raspberry harvest continued. Blueberry harvesting wound down. Surveillance for spotted wing drosophila was advised.
Brisk mornings at the beginning of the week reminded vegetable growers that fall is impending. Some areas are getting dry. Celery harvest continued. Earlier pest problems have somewhat diminished. Onion harvest continued. Yields varied considerably by field depending on condition. Carrot harvest continued. Sizing was expected to pick up in cooler weather. Sweet corn harvest was winding down. In East Michigan, a storm system brought in a large amount of corn earworm with 350 moths in one trap. Growers monitored for this pest. Cucumber for pickle harvest was wrapping up. Downy mildew pressure remained a concern. Pepper and tomato harvest continued with mostly favorable reports. Some bacterial disease resulted in minor yield loss in tomatoes.
There were reports of aphids in some pepper fields. Winter squash, pumpkins, and gourds were being harvested in select areas. Powdery mildew is present in many fields. The first of the the jack o'lantern pumpkins have been harvested. Processing broccoli harvest continued in full force.