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Farmers still assessing crop damage from this week's frost

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Frost on crops.
Image courtesy: tinyfarmblog.com
Frost on crops. Image courtesy: tinyfarmblog.com

UNDATED (WTVB) - It looks like west Michigan farmers are still feeling the impact of Mother Nature, even though it’s a lot less dramatic and devastating than it was last year, it’s still presenting some challenges.   They are still assessing the damage from Monday morning’s chilly temperatures in the region’s vineyards and orchards. 

The Michigan State University Cooperative Extension Service reports it appears the worst damage may have occurred in eastern Van Buren County in low lying areas, but it will be a while before they know the full effect, apples and grapes may have had the worst of it but over all they are calling it light damage. 

Other Michigan farmers are finally making some progress getting the corn and soybeans in the ground.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 32% of the corn crop has now been planted, up from just five-percent last week and 13% of soybeans are in the ground.  The progress is still well behind the average and last year’s plantings because of the cold cold spring.

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