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Livestock, Crops Affected By Blazing Temps

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Agriculture experts say both livestock and crops are trying to cope with hotter weather as temperatures soar into the 90s this week.

"Once we start getting over…90 degrees, the plants tend to want to shut down. They're kind of like us," says Paul Gross, educator at Michigan State University's extension program.

Because of the cooler temperatures in late spring and early summer, farmers say a little heat may be beneficial for crops. However, if temperatures remain in the 90s and the weather stays dry for an extended period of time, experts say crop yields will start to shrink.

Farmers say smaller, cool-season grains like oat and barley are very sensitive to the heat, and may suffer from the warmer temperatures.

Dairymen are also taking precautions with cows, because once temperatures rise above 70, cows don't eat as much and start producing less milk.

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