Farmers Deal With Low Rain

By: John Lund Email
By: John Lund Email

What started out as a great growing season for Elsie farmer Scott Miller looks like it's been cut short with a lack of rain and high temperatures over the past couple months.

"Haven't mowed the lawn in the month of August- it hasn't rained in August. We had just a great growing conditions up til the first week of July. We had all the heat and moisture we needed, and then the water just got shut off," Miller said.

Miller said his corn crops have stopped growing early this year due to the heat and lack of rain. He said even if the area starts to get a decent amount of rain, it's too late for his corn, but his soybeans- that could be another story.

"Some rains. I mean timely rains, need to come here in the next week. Or, we can forget about the soybean crop as well," Miller said.

Ernie Birchmeier of the Michigan Farm Bureau says Miller is not alone, but different areas of the state are seeing different levels of drought.

"Basically the situation can be summed up as variable depending on how much rain we've had," Birchmeier said. "There's been some areas of the state that have had ample amount of rain but there are some areas here in mid-Michigan that have not had an adequate amount of rain fall. Without a doubt, we need some rain."

Miller could end up seeing an economic loss with the lack of rain.

"You know, I suspect a 25 to 30 percent loss in soybean yield if we don't see any rain here real soon," Miller said.

Miller says there is a positive side to the drought. He said the corn he does have is so dry he won't have to spend as much money to reduce the moisture in the product.

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