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Michigan Farmer Struggling Due To Rainy May

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WILLIAMSTON, MI (WLNS) - While the governor and Jackson residents are talking about growing our cities, out in the country they're just talking about growing.

6 News Shelby Miller spent Monday visiting a farm in Williamston, where months of cold weather and rain have made it a tough spring for local farmers.

"It's so discouraging. You work hard and you plant the seed and you're hopeful you have a fine crop and sometimes mother nature gives you a little more than what you want,” said Jake Wamhoff, co-owner, Wamhoff Farms, LCC.

For Michigan farmers, like Jake Wamhoff, Mother Nature not only sent more snow this winter, but days and days of mid-May rain.

"The water just sat here, in fact, it really just left yesterday."

Across his more than 1,000 acres in Ingham County Wamhoff plants soy-beans, corn and wheat.

Normally his tractors spend these warm, sunny may days in the field, but today the soil's still way too wet.

“It makes you almost kind of sick to your stomach. In fact, I didn't want to come out here for a day or so until the water went down a little bit."

Now the water's down, but it's still affecting crops. Experts say the plants will pull through, but take longer than normal to harvest.

“Typically apples would have bloomed a couple weeks ago, at least that's when they've bloomed over the last 10 years, but they're really just starting to get going now,” said Matthew Grieshop, Associate Professor, MSU, Department of Entomology.

Wamhoff says the weather this spring could have been detrimental to farmers decades ago, but he credits modern day technology like a GPS, along with advanced fertilization methods for saving his crops this spring.

Still, Wamhoff admits machines only go so far and he hopes from here on out Mother Nature gives him the weather he wants.
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