KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A recent pattern of above-average temperatures with little to no rain has been a mixed bag for West Michigan farmers.
“I always think about water when it comes to plants as being the accelerator pedal for growth,” said Bruce MacKellar, a field crops educator with Michigan State University Extension.
But Mother Nature took her foot off the accelerator this season.
“We got into a situation after July 15 where the bottom dropped out of the rainfall, literally,” MacKellar said. “We just didn’t have any in a lot of areas. We had almost no rain.”
“I think it’s some of the most severe drought in the country,” he added.
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