ROMEO, Mich. (AP) — Some farmers are welcoming this winter's above-average snowfall in Michigan amid hopes it will raise local water levels and help crops.
Dale Mohler, an agricultural forecaster for Accuweather, tells The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1bN8UrA ) that the snow could cause more wetness in the spring, which in turn could delay planting. Overall, he says, that should help throughout the growing season.
Ken Nye, the Michigan Farm Bureau's fruit and vegetable expert, says subzero temperatures could have damaged some wine grapes, but for the most part any loses should be minimal.
Snowfall is above average this winter in many parts of the state, including the southern Lower Peninsula. The Detroit area had a monthly record 39.1 inches of snow in January. The previous monthly record of 38.4 inches was set in February 1908.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com