MATTAWAN (WKZO) -- The Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association announced Wednesday that the total crop loss for Michigan farmers is projected to be 90 to 95 percent. The unfortunate news comes as a direct result from the unusual warm winter experienced this year followed by the extreme frosts that hit in the month of April.
Host of WKZO’s Michigan Agriculture Now, Rick Shields headed out to Schultz Fruitridge Farms in Mattawan Thursday to see how local farmers are coping with the crop disaster.
“We’ve never experienced this magnitude of crop loss,” third generation farmer Bill Schultz said. “It’s been a catastrophic event.” Watch above for an interview will Schultz showing barren shelves that would usually be stocked full with varieties of fruits.
Fruits that have been the most affected by the cold weather hit include cherries, apples and peaches. Blueberries, however, did survive the fuit-ageddon and are expected to be the only redeeming crop this season.
“We have nowhere to go but up,” Schultz remarked about the 2013 season, “another year is another chance.”