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Michigan’s drought continues

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  Since late April, more than half of Michigan has been in moderate drought according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

This could put crops at risk.


According to Wes Parker, a farmer on 750 acres in Leelanau County, things for Michigan’s farmers could get serious if the drought doesn’t ease up.

“I think there’s a lot of nervousness about it. The thing is, this has been dry since last October, and during the winter it’s not much of an issue, but if the pattern doesn’t change this is going to become really serious.”

Andy Sullivan, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Gaylord, said the drought doesn’t look like it’s going to break any time soon.

“Y’know, a lot of places seeing record-to-near-record low snowfall over the winter, and now we haven’t had rain here recently in spring,” Sullivan said. “There’s not really many chances for rain any time soon.”

According to the National Weather Service, the pattern of drought is likely to continue despite rain forecasted for this week.