As summer ends, this season's crop devastation numbers rise
- In Michigan, the apple pies are going to be pretty expensive this fall. The state will produce only about 3 million bushels of apples this year. They usually produce 20 to 23 million bushels, according to Ann Arbor.com. It’s the worst agricultural disaster to hit the state in 50 years.
- Southern Illinois will produce only about half the amount of corn this year than its usual norm. Courier Press reports that last year, White County, I.L., produced 135.6 bushels of corn per acres. This year it’s estimated that same land will produce only 58.3 bushes.
- Bloomberg compares the conditions in Kansas to the Dust Bowl. Ninety-seven percent of the farm fields in the state did not get enough moisture this summer, and all counties are federal disaster areas.
- It’s not just this year’s weather that’s affecting farms. On the East Coast, farmers are still feeling the affects of last year’s Hurricane Irene. This year’s droughts are further complicating things from North Carolina to Vermont, according to Delaware Online.
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