All over Michigan farmers are keeping fingers tightly crossed and their eyes fixed on the weather forecast.
Most Michigan farmers are struggling to recover from 2012, the worst growing season in our state in more than 50 years. That combination of extremely warm weather in March, followed by a hard freeze in April, and then a hot summer full of drought crushed farmers, especially fruit farmers.
It's something that hits all of us, because agriculture is the second biggest industry in Michigan. Agriculture pumps 37 billion dollars into the state's economy, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Preventative agricultural technology is giving farmers some creative weapons in their battle to save their crops from Mother Nature.
Don Armock of River Ridge Produce is one of these farmers. He joined us in the studio to talk about the 2013 growing season.
Listen to the full interview above.