Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Partly Cloudy
Temperature
49°F
Dew Point
34°F
Humidity
56%
Wind
WSW at 10 mph
Barometer
30.07 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:11 a.m.
Sunset
07:43 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 38 to 45 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 12 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Thursday
50°F / 27°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
51°F / 27°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
60°F / 31°F
Light Rain
Sunday
55°F / 47°F
Light Rain
Monday
58°F / 43°F
Scattered Showers
Tuesday
61°F / 37°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
44°F / 37°F
Light Rain
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 50 to a low of 27 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 15 miles per hour from the northwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 48 to 50 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 11 and 15 miles per hour from the west. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 46 to 32 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the northwest. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 31 to 27 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 9 miles per hour from the northwest. No precipitation is expected.
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 51 to a low of 27 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 12 miles per hour from the eastsoutheast. 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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