Early Harvest

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Mid-Michigan's two most important crops will likely be harvested a little early this year.

The heat caused them to grow quickly, and George Silva, Eaton County's MSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, says that means a mid-September harvest.

Silva says insects have been a problem for the soybean crop, but he calls them "resilient." He's been especially wary about Asian soybean rust disease, a soybean killer common in South America. They'd feared the hurricanes could carry the disease north. They've been lucky so far.