The farm fields are flooded and that means profits will be drying up at the businesses that support the Agriculture Industry. Jeff Jackson says the stress level in the Ag Community is at an all time high, "We've never had a Spring like this in the Midwest, not just Southeast Michigan."
A lot of Jackson's Palmyra, Michigan farm is under water with the entire back area of his farm land completely submerged. "This part is extremely bad, but on the rest of the farm we need at least a week of hot weather to dry it out before we can think about planting." Jackson says he's five weeks behind planting corn and three weeks behind for soybeans. He does have crop insurance, but there are so many businesses that do not have that safety net to cover the farming loss. "It's all the ag suppliers the chemicals the fertilizers that's already been bought this year, going to resell it to the farmers not going to be able to sell that product."
Jackson says "The people who work at the grain elevators will be affected as well. They count on those long hours in the Fall for a paycheck. There's not going to be a crop this year, they can't count on overtime. Then there's the fuel delivery people. We don't have to buy fuel this year because our tractors are sitting still, combines will not be using as much fuel in the fall."
Even if we don't get another drop of rain, Jackson says this season is already one for the history books. "We'll tell our grand kids about this. The Summer that we never planted corn!"