EAST LANSING, Mich. — The crisis facing farmers in Michigan and beyond is profound. Throughout Michigan and the Midwest, prolonged wet weather and flooding have put farmers in a difficult position as spring planting season is coming to a close. With unprecedented rainfall, farmers have had to delay planting and adjust management practices. You can find countless stories by searching the tag #plant19 or #noplant19 on social media. Farmers feel like they have no good options and do not know what to do or where to turn.
Michigan State University Extension has a statewide network of agricultural educators tracking growing conditions, speaking with farmers and writing educational articles about how farmers can adjust to these inhospitable conditions and difficult choices. With a more than 100 year tradition of being embedded in these farm communities and forging deep relationships within the industry and their growing communities, MSU Extension educators have been an invaluable resource during this difficult time.
Educators are writing educational articles, recording podcasts and offering webinars. Individuals can also submit any question they have online and receive a rapid response from one of our experts.
You can find these delayed planting resources on the MSU Extension website at: https://www.canr.msu.edu/agriculture/delayed-planting-resources. If you’d like to set up an interview with an MSU Extension educator to discuss conditions for a specific crop or commodity, please feel free to contact me.
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