September 27, 2023

Ned Birkey

Weather: The amount of rain this year, as measured at the Michigan State University Enviroweather station at Applewood Orchards in Deerfield from March 1 to July 5 has been 9.32 inches this year. This compares to almost 11 inches last year and a six-year average of 12.44 inches of rain. From May 1 through July 5 this year, the station has recorded only 3.13 inches from May 1 to July 5. This compares to 7.28 inches last year and a previous five-year average of 7.49 inches. The near-term weather forecast is for more seasonal rainfall. Better news is the growing degree day (GDD base 50º F) number of 1233 GDD since March 1 and a six-year average of 1292 GDD. Both Eric Snodgrass of Nutrien and Jeff Andresen of MSU are calling for more seasonal temperatures. 

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