Farmers Pleased with Recent Heavy Rainfall - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Farmers Pleased with Recent Heavy Rainfall

Posted: Updated:
You may be ready to see all this rain go away, but local farmers say they're okay with it staying around- for now.

The farmer we spoke with said on average, Osceola County gets around 2 and a half inches of rain during June.

He says with the way the weather has been lately, beating that average wouldn't be a bad thing.  

"By estimates across the region, this could be a million dollar rain that we're receiving right now."

Rain, rain- don't go away. That's the tune local farmers are singing. 

"If you don't have water, you don't have a crop."

"It's the newly planted corn and soybean crops that will benefit a great deal with a warm rain," says MSU Extension Agriculture Educator, Jerry Lindquist.


The rain comes at the perfect time, at the beginning of the growing season, but for hay farmer Gary Carmichael, a little heat wouldn't hurt either.

"You have to have 3 to 4 days right in a row in order to cut the hay, let it dry, rake it up, and so for us, we make our living selling hay and it becomes very, very important we have a good product for our customers," Carmichael explains.

And should the rain continue for a few more days, "We may have some flooding and possibly some erosion. There is the risk, mainly in the fruit crops, of some wind damage on trees and some of those types of crops," says Lindquist.

Farmers say they'll continue to adjust to the wet weather, while expecting that mother nature has some heat on the way. 

"If we can get abundant rainfall, but then sunny days behind that with temperatures in the 80's, that provides ideal growing conditions for many farm crops and that's the perfect world."

Carmichael also says that he doesn't mind the rain because it's free, unlike when he uses his irrigation system.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New Virus Causing Concerns in Northern Michigan

    New Virus Causing Concerns in Northern Michigan

    Monday, September 15 2014 10:44 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:44:22 GMT
    Sickness seems to be on many people's mind this time of year and it's not just the typical flu. A new strain of Enterovirus has caught the attention of many in Northern Michigan. 
    Sickness seems to be on many people's mind this time of year and it's not just the typical flu. A new strain of Enterovirus has caught the attention of many in Northern Michigan. 
  • Kalkaska Kindergartner Passes Away Friday

    Kalkaska Kindergartner Passes Away Friday

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:19:09 GMT
    Family and friends remember a young girl who lost her life this weekend.
    Family and friends remember a young girl who lost her life this weekend.
  • UPDATE: Student Brings Loaded Gun to Kingsley School

    UPDATE: Student Brings Loaded Gun to Kingsley School

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:35:39 GMT
    A teacher approached a School Liaison Officer at Kingsley Middle School Monday afternoon just after 2:00 p.m. and reported that a student informed her that another student may have a gun.
    A teacher approached a School Liaison Officer at Kingsley Middle School Monday afternoon just after 2:00 p.m. and reported that a student informed her that another student may have a gun.