Jonathan Oosting The Detroit News Published 3:08 PM EDT Aug 13, 2019 East Lansing — Michigan farmers already reeling from a soggy planting season are facing an uncertain fall harvest and fallout from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China that has depressed export prices for agricultural products. “Pray for a late frost this year,” Monroe County farmer Doug Darling told state lawmakers Tuesday in a special hearing at Michigan State University. “That could make the difference and make or break a lot of farmers.” Michigan farmers were prevented from planting planned crops on more than 870,000 acres this spring, including 498,046 acres of corn and 349,481 of soybeans, according to new federal data highlighting the toll of heavy rains and flooding this spring. Experts said the extreme weather prevented or delayed planting and will likely have a “long tail” with major ramifications for the Michigan economy, including food or product processors, suppliers and, eventually, consumers. “I don’t think people realize and they won’t realize until they get to the grocery store this fall and their tortilla chips are expensive and they can’t figure out why,” said Clinton County farmer Stephanie Schafer. “Because there’s no corn to make them.” Preliminary numbers from… Read full this story
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