© 2024 Michigan State University Board of Trustees
Public Media from Michigan State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
TECHNOTE: 90.5 FM and AM870 reception

Most MI Crops 'OK' After Lower Peninsula Flooding

soybean field
flickr/Ken
The Michigan Agri-Business Association has surveyed crop damage in five counties following recent flooding.

The Michigan Agri-Business Association is assessing crop damage in five counties hardest hit by last week’s flooding. 

 

Ag leaders say the damage was nothing like 1986, when historic floods decimated crops in some 30 counties.  The association credits the outcome this time to improved land management practices.  Corn, soybeans and sugar beets are generally OK, but dry beans appear to be hardest hit. 

 

“Maybe 10 percent of our crop is lost to drown-out, maybe another 10 or 15 percent is sitting on the bubble,” says Michigan Bean Commission executive director Joe Cramer.  “They’re yellow, some are deteriorating and some are getting better.  So, we don’t know what’s going to become of that.”

 

Officials say they won’t be able to make a full assessment of the crop loss in Michigan until January, after harvest season.

 

 

 

Kevin Lavery served as a general assignment reporter and occasional local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered before retiring in 2023.
Related Content
To help strengthen our local reporting as WKAR's fiscal year ends, we need 75 new or upgraded sustainers by June 30th. Become a new monthly donor or increase your donation to support the trustworthy journalism you'll rely on before Election Day. Donate now.