Cold Temperatures Cause Problems For Michigan Corn Farmers

Nearly everyone is hoping for the summer heat, including Michigan farmers. 

“Even though we had a good planting season, I think we will be behind in the fall.”

Cold temperatures are not a farmers friend when it comes to harvesting corn.

Michigan farmers are finding themselves playing catch up after working through a lot of rain and cold temperatures during the 2014 harvesting season.

“Normally, on a good year we start harvesting corn October 15. Last year we started October 23 and didn’t stop until a few days before Christmas,” said Ed Breitmeyer, Carrousel Farm.

And for farmers to stay on track, every day counts.

“Because we didn’t get done in the fall, we still had a little corn to harvest this spring. We had all our stalks to chop and field work to do,” said Rolling Meadows Farms manager Greg Bancroft.

“I thought we’d start planting May 1, we started planting May 4 and got done the 22nd. But I felt like all spring we were still behind cause we had work to do we didn’t get done in the fall,” said Breitmeyer.

Right now, farmers are selling what they harvested last year and this spring.

And the drop in temperatures also brought a decrease in value.

“For one, the market kind of took a slump since last fall so the value of corn went down,” said Bancroft. “Planted all of our crops in a timely manner and did everything we could to ensure a healthy plant growing, but mother nature wasn’t working with us.”

And right now, she’s still not working with them.

They hope to see a change in their favor this summer.