Heavy rains put strawberry crop at risk in mid-Michigan

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JACKSON CO., Mich (WLNS) – Monday’s storms dumped a lot of rain on parts of mid-Michigan.

Those heavy rains came at the worst possible times for the Michigan strawberry crop. Standing water in fields can do damage to the strawberry plants and fruit. Several local farmers we spoke to today said this could be the last week for them.

When the berries drop to the ground the extra rainfall can cause them to rot and that’s what’s happening this season. The Michigan State University Extension Service is reporting that there has been some rot and mold reported at some farms. Slugs are also being reported.

Our 6 News Jackson bureau reporter Genna Hilgenbrink is looking into the challenges facing the strawberry crop and will have the story tonight on 6 News at 5.

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