Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:10 AM CST
Rain
Temperature
48°F
Dew Point
48°F
Humidity
100%
Wind
SSE at 6 mph
Barometer
29.43 in. F
Visibility
2.50 mi.
Sunrise
07:02 a.m.
Sunset
04:24 p.m.
Afternoon Forecast (12:00pm-7:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 47 to 40 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 6 and 11 miles per hour from the south. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
7-Day Forecast
Sunday
47°F / 35°F
Light Rain
Monday
35°F / 22°F
Light Rain/Snow
Tuesday
29°F / 17°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
29°F / 11°F
Light Snow
Thursday
17°F / 7°F
Partly Cloudy
Friday
32°F / 14°F
Snow
Saturday
17°F / 8°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:10 AM CST
Sunday...Temperatures will range from a high of 47 to a low of 35 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 18 miles per hour from the northwest. 0.72 inches of rain are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 39 to 41 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 1 and 6 miles per hour from the east. Expect rain amounts between a quarter and half of an inch.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 40 to 36 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 10 and 18 miles per hour from the northwest. Rain amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch are predicted.
Monday...Temperatures will range from a high of 35 to a low of 22 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 14 and 19 miles per hour from the westnorthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible. Less than 1 inch of snow 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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