Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Partly Cloudy
Temperature
60°F
Dew Point
56°F
Humidity
87%
Wind
N at 7 mph
Barometer
30.01 in. F
Visibility
4.00 mi.
Sunrise
05:21 a.m.
Sunset
08:42 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 56 to 64 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 13 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Tuesday
69°F / 49°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
73°F / 51°F
Sunny
Thursday
78°F / 59°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
77°F / 61°F
Light Rain
Saturday
82°F / 65°F
Light Rain
Sunday
89°F / 70°F
Scattered Showers
Monday
94°F / 71°F
Sunny
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Tuesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 69 to a low of 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 0 and 13 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 67 to 69 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 13 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 67 to 52 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 8 miles per hour from the north. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 51 to 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will be light from the west. No precipitation is expected.
Wednesday...Temperatures will range from a high of 73 to a low of 51 degrees with mostly clear skies. Winds will range between 1 and 6 miles per hour from the southsoutheast. No precipitation is expected.
The typical asparagus season in Michigan runs from mid-April through June.

The typical asparagus season in Michigan runs from mid-April through June.

Need a short-term job? Michiganasparagus growers are ready to hire

April 12, 2012 | 0 comments

Michigan's asparagus growers are looking to hire hundreds of farm workers in the next two weeks to begin harvesting this year's crop.

"Michigan's asparagus growers help feed the nation, create jobs, and boost the state's agricultural economy," said Belen Ledezma, director of migrant, immigrant and seasonal worker services for the Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan.

"This year growers are in danger of losing their crop and the benefits it brings unless they can hire enough workers to harvest it. Our job fair will give people an opportunity to see what it takes to do the job and earn some extra springtime cash."

The typical asparagus season in Michigan runs from mid-April through June. Michigan growers are looking to hire up to 229 workers immediately, with more openings expected in the coming weeks.

Michigan asparagus, unlike asparagus from other states, is hand-snapped above the ground, yielding a more tender and flavorful product. Workers harvest the asparagus while riding specially designed picking carts.

The job is physically demanding, and workers must have the ability to sit in a bent position for long periods of time, the strength to lift up to 25 pounds, excellent reach and coordination, and a willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.

Asparagus workers typically are paid on a piece rate, with skilled harvesters earning more than $10 an hour. Workers are guaranteed to make at least Michigan's minimum wage of $7.40 an hour.

"Last year, Michigan growers mowed off more than a million pounds of asparagus because we lacked an adequate workforce to harvest it," said John Bakker, president of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board.

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