Michigan Farmers Get Low Yield

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Brent Wlliams is a fifth generation farmer and knows first hand, how much a drought can hurt.

"It affects your personal life because of the worrying, you spend a lot of time laying awake at night worrying," Williams said.

Most of the corn crops on Williams' land become diary feed for his family-owned diary operation. He's getting anywhere between 40 to 80 bushels per acre this season, down about 50% from a normal year. That means Williams had to purchase feed which is proving to be costly.

According to the Michigan Farm Bureau, the drought is not only taking a toll on farmers' bottom line, but could also hurt consumers.

"People have not retained the livestock so we have fewer pounds of product coming to market down the road because of these high feed cost," said Bob Boehm from the Michigan Farm Bureau.

The truth is, bad corn yield has a far-reaching effect and potentially hikes up costs for daily eats like milk, eggs and meat.

"It's likely 3, 6 to 12 months down the road, prices are going to be up a little bit because of that reduction in supply," said Boehm.

From field to dinner table, farmers say there's just not much you can do to plan ahead. However, for a business that's been around for almost a century, the Williams have seen it all.

"We'll absolutely pull through it, we always have and we always will," Williams said.


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