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Unusual weather shifts impacting farmers

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HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Local farmers say mother nature isn't doing them any favors as all of the weather shifts are hampering their production.

Mike Baranski is like a lot of farmers in the area, chomping at the bit to start planting. But all of Baranski's equipment is still stuck in winter storage. The Huron County farmer says his fields just aren't ready.

"The soil moisture is still very high. The land is too wet to be planting and much too cold. The soil temperatures are roughly forty degrees and we need to see at least fifty-five degree soil temperatures to be able to plant corn," says Baranski.

While the planting season is off to a slow start, Baranski says the yield from this year's crop will largely be determined over what kind of weather we get over the next couple of months.

The same goes for higher prices at the grocery store. Baranski tells TV5 paying more for produce isn't a sure thing yet.

"It's always possible but you know it's early to tell whether this late spring will really have that large of impact on the production this year," says Baranski.

As for Baranski tells us he's just hoping for a little help from mother nature.

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