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Farmers Face Failing Crops

Walking through his cornfield, farmer Gary Haynes does not like what he sees.

"See it shake off the pollen. What's wrong? There's no silk out," says Haynes.

And no silk means no kernels of corn.

"There's no ear on this corn."

Haynes says the dry weather is getting the best of his hard work.

"It isn't just the water, it's the heat," Haynes said.

That's why Michael Scuse, USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary, is in Michigan today, inspecting the damage.

"This is about as bad as many of our farmers in Michigan have experienced," Scuse said.

He says fruit farmers are really struggling.

"The fruit trees on the farms that I've visited…we're looking at one hundred percent losses because of that April loss," Scuse said.

And he says the losses mean higher fruit costs for consumers, but that's not necessarily the same with corn.

"The corn and soybean markets can go up and down a tremendous amount without having a major impact on the cost of food," Scuse said.

Luckily for Haynes, he has crop insurance that will cover his losses.

"That's added onto the money we get and that makes it a normal year," said Haynes.
And from there, he's looking ahead.

"Write it off as a loss and get ready for next year.

Nothing guarantees next year won't be the same," Haynes said.

But at least he's prepared if it is.

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