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Farmers Lament Relentless Rain

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WARREN (WWJ) – If the start of barbecue season has you dreaming of an ear of Michigan-grown corn, you’ll have to wait longer this year to sink your teeth into it. All the rain is causing some major problems for Southeast Michigan farmers who are trying to get their crops planted.

WWJ’s Marie Osborne spoke with David Kuchee, who owns Kuchee Farm Stand on 10 Mile Road in Warren.

Kuchee said all of this rain is taking its toll on locally grown produce. He’s only been able to plant 10 percent of his nearly 400 acres.

“Our hands are tied.  There’s nothing we can do if we can’t get in the fields,” Kuchee said.  “And every day that we lose as a farmer, you can never make that up,” he said.

Kuchee said this Spring has been so wet, he hasn’t been able to keep his farm stand staff on the job.  Customers are just not showing up in the rain.

Kuchee said people come from miles around to buy sweet corn at his stand in the summertime.

But, this year, he knows the harvest will be late.

“I already know some farmers that have already told me that they’re telling customers they’re not going to have any corn ’til August,” he said.

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