Northern Michigan Farms Hoping Snow Melts, Ready For Spring Crops
"Hopefully, we’re ready to just roll into better weather," Up North Blueberry Farm co-owner Jodi Wagner said.
With spring snow still on the ground, local farmers are hoping it melts away soon.
Until it does melt, they can’t get to work on their spring crops.
The Coveyou Scenic Farm Market in Petoskey would like to be transplanting hearty plants into the ground.
The Up North Blueberry Farm would normally be cleaning up their fields in Gaylord.
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"With the snow, it really brings our whole operation to a stop," Coveyou Scenic Farm Market owner David Coveyou said. "We can’t really get into the fields with the snow and, obviously, when the snow melts down, it has to dry out again, so it does slow us down quite a bit."
At Coveyou Scenic Farm Market in Petoskey, they’re ready for the spring snow to be gone so they can get to work planting spinach, kale and broccoli
"Our greenhouses are full of plants ready to be transplanted to the field and a lot of crops coming behind it, so once spring does come, we’re ready to come full board into getting things into the ground and growing," Coveyou said.
There’s no blooms just yet, so the cold’s not killing any of the crops, but all of the snow means farmers can’t get out in the field to get work done.
"Not what we expect," Wagner said. "Usually by this time you know our snow pack is pretty much gone. We’ll have piles, but not usually snow on the level. We just need the snow pack to leave and then we can get out in the field and do some pruning and cleaning up out there."
Then once the snow melts, they hope there are no serious freezes after plants start blooming.
"Last year we had three days in a row when we were in full blossom when it dropped to 24 below and we lost a majority of our crop last year," Wagner said. "We’re really hoping to get through that this year."