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Local farmers reflect on summer crops

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(09/03/12) - Local farmers may be happy to see the season come to an end as they were dealt a tough hand this year.

First there were floods in May. Then came a drought in July. By all measure, one wouldn't think the crops could survive, but Hewitt Farms in Mundy Township are holding strong.

"An older farmer saying is 'a drought will scare you to death where a flood will starve you to death,'" said Kevin Mignault of Hewitt Farms.

A farmer's work is never done - even on Labor Day. Mignault is a partner in Hewitt Farms in Mundy Township. He farms 2,800 acres of corn and soybeans.

"We had some really nice rain in the middle of August. We had about two and half inches over three days, which was really very helpful for what we have. It saved the corn."

And now he's hoping a little more rain will save the rest of his crop. "The size of the beans makes all the difference. If they grow twice as big, you'll get twice as much yield."

Heavy rains in May forced farms to plant soybeans later than usual. They've had some problem with spider mites, too, but Hewitt Farms said a little bit of help from Mother Nature could make all the difference. "If they swell up from more rains in the next weeks, they can still be good beans, maybe average or above, but if it doesn't rain they'll yield below average."

Despite the floods and drought like conditions, Mignault said Michigan is in much better shape than other states to south of us. All things considered, the summer of 2012 could turn out to be fairly profitable.

"We have a descent crop, it could be worse, but with the prices where they're at, I think we will be pleased."

Hewitt Farms said they should know by the end of the month whether soybeans will yield a good crop.

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