Sparked by weather, Michigan farmer optimist about upcoming growing season

A Michigan farmer says there’s plenty of enthusiasm in his state for the 2023 growing season.

Jeff Litwiller tells Brownfield planting shouldn’t be delayed. “In Michigan, we had a very mild winter.  It looks like will have an early spring.  It’ also looks like the winter wheat came through the winter good.  The markets are good.”

But, he says, managing tar spot has become a priority for growers in his area. “We’ve dealt with tar spot quite a bit in the last couple of years.  It look like guys are preparing to combat that, getting equipment to combat that and watching it closely.  I think that’s one of our greatest concerns is diseases.”

Litwiller says there’s been a decrease in input prices for this year, which will help improve margins.

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