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It's Not Just Farmers Feeling The Pain From the Drought


For the past two moths we've been sharing stories with you of what Mid-Michigan farmers have been facing. But it isn't just those farmers feeling the effects.

Back in July one farmer told 6 news "its starting to get ugly", another one in Jackson told us in early June "if we don't get rain in the next few days its going to do some major damage and its going to drastically cut yields on these crops."

From one month to the next, farmers across Mid-Michigan have been keeping their fingers crossed. While the doses of rain we've seen lately probably put a smile back on the face of many farmers, the reality of what's already been endured is starting to be felt across the board.

Ken Brown co-owner of Mason Elevator Company said "our house holds 2 million bushels, that's our capacity and every year we've been at full capacity, for probably the last 5 or 6 years. I don't even think we'll come close this year, I mean that's just my estimate but I think we'll be down at least 200,000 to 250,000 thousand bushels."

It's something that directly affects the bottom line at Mason Elevator Company. Brown says "we don't get insured because there was a drought, so when I lose a quarter of a million bushels coming through my door that's drying revenue, handling fees, storage income that I will not get and I cant get from anybody else."

So in a business where mother nature reigns, there's a motto many use to get them through "we just take it one day at a time and move forward."

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