Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Cloudy
Temperature
59°F
Dew Point
27°F
Humidity
29%
Wind
WNW at 13 mph
Barometer
29.93 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
07:24 a.m.
Sunset
05:57 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 59 to 54 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 12 and 17 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Saturday
59°F / 38°F
Sunny
Sunday
58°F / 38°F
Partly Cloudy
Monday
65°F / 44°F
Partly Cloudy
Tuesday
53°F / 35°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
49°F / 35°F
Partly Cloudy
Thursday
46°F / 39°F
Light Rain
Friday
40°F / 25°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 59 to a low of 38 degrees with clear skies. Winds will range between 7 and 17 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 51 to 42 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 8 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 42 to 38 degrees with clear skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 58 to a low of 38 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 2 and 10 miles per hour from the southeast. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
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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