Michigan's cherry crops were decimated this year. An early heat wave in March coaxed the trees to blossom, and just like every other year in April, we had some heavy frosts. The delicate blossoms were destroyed. It's estimated that farmers lost 65 to 75% of their crops. But it's not just the cherries. The apple and peach crops were destroyed, too. The only crops to survive were the blueberries. Not my favorite. The trickle down economics of these multiple losses will be devastating. Farmers won't employ people to pick the crops. Crops won't make it to places that rely on the fruit and we will all pay more at the register for something we look forward to and take for granted.
|Upper Tahquamenon Falls. Photo: ANagy|
As though Mother Nature wasn't done punishing Michigan, a wild fire started in the U.P. of our state that has so far burned about 22,000 acres. What began as a lightening strike about a week ago is only about 50% contained and is a mere 7 miles west of the beautiful and picturesque Tahquamenon Falls State Park.
Really Mother Nature? I think Michigan has had enough..