Delayed Planting and Harvest Impacts Resources

Michigan farmers faced difficult planting and farm management decisions due to excessive spring rainfall. Now they need to know the best ways to harvest immature crops. MSU Extension has educational resources to help farmers deal with these issues.

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Throughout Michigan and the Midwest, prolonged wet weather and flooding in spring 2019 put farmers in a difficult financial position. Many farmers delayed planting and greatly adjusted management practices. Some fields were not planted at all. Due to these conditions, farmers face a unique set of challenges this fall making harvest and related decisions. 

MSU Extension’s statewide network of agricultural educators have responded to this situation by tracking growing conditions, working individually with farmers, hosting crop update sessions and writing educational articles detailing how farmers could adjust to inhospitable conditions, make difficult choices and apply for crop damage assistance. Because this issue has the potential to greatly affect farm income, educational efforts included programming dedicated to assisting farmers under stressful conditions.  

MSU Extension provides programming dedicated to serving farmers under stress - whether it be physical, financial, emotional or some combination of pressures. If you're a farmer who is struggling, find an MSU Extension expert who can help you or ask a question online so we can connect you to proper resources.

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