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Rain Causing Concern For Owosso Farmer

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In the month of June the city of Owosso has had close to three inches of rain.

And one area farmer told our Nick Perreault, if it continues, he may forced to cut back hours of his employees.

Rain for George Zmitko from Zmitko Farms means equipment sits untouched, his flat beds empty.

"It just doesn't seem like it wants to quit, it's raining every few days," said George Zmitko.

Planting for all have been delayed due to rain so far this season.

Soybeans were set back two to three weeks, while corn was 4 weeks and oats, a month behind schedule.

George wonders when mother nature is going to call it quits.

"Right now we've probably got enough rain to last us for three four weeks if it didn't rain anymore," Zmitko said.

Right now the corn that is in and growing looks pretty good, he's real concern is hay.

"If hay gets rained on too much, it just doesn't have the quality, the food value."

Though the birds don't mind it, wet hay could be useless to those who buy hay for horses and cattle .

"If hay was selling for $200 a ton, every time it gets rained on it gets less, it might be down to $80 a ton," Zmitko said.

So George is keeping what he can of his 1,000 tons covered.

George says should the heavy rain continue over the next few weeks it would be havoc for his wheat production and business. He says roughly two to three dollars could be lost per bushel, which would be a big problem for him as he has over 200 acres of wheat.

If that happens George says they might have to cut back hours or employees.

For now all they can do is get the equipment ready, so when the weather finally clears they can get back to work.

George says it will take him about 2 to 3 three days following a rainy day to start selling hay again and hopes to have his wheat ready
by the middle of July.

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