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Area farmers wrapping up a "most unique wheat crop"

  Every winter wheat season presents challenges from Saginaw Valley and Thumb farmers who are in the heart of this crop-growing area.

  This 2023-24 season began with a very wide range of planting time in mid-September to late November and began a bit earlier than usual for some, before the precipitation put a small damper on the early July harvest.

  “The wheat harvest has been a bit of a struggle with the constant rain events,” Star of the West Milling Company President and CEO James Howe said. “Locally, our biggest harvest period was over the Fourth of July and the following weekend. If not for the dedicated farmers and our Star of the West harvest team, much of this year’s crop would have been deemed unusable due to these repeated rain events.”

  Not only has most of lower Michigan received above-normal precipitation, the effects of Hurricane Beryl last week brought a more tropical rain from as far as south Africa, injecting some helpful and detrimental rain that soaked the area, with 1.5 inches up to six inches in the Davison area.

 The City of Frankenmuth’s official rain gauge is located at the Water Resource Recovery Facility, behind The Fortress Golf Course. April saw 2.41 inches of rain, May 2.48, June 3.60, and through July 15, 2.53 inches for a three-and-a-half month total of 11.02 inches of precipitation. ......

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