- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Wet weather is causing problems for producers of two Michigan crops: dry beans and hay.

Joe Cramer of the Michigan Bean Commission says growers in the Thumb region and the Saginaw Valley have gotten about three-quarters of their acreage planted. Around this time last year, they were 89 percent done.

He says planting is likely to continue lagging behind the usual pace because of persistent rainfall. Excessive moisture could lead to damage from root disease and mold, while crops planted late could be vulnerable to frost.

In southern Michigan, some hay growers are worried that rain will make it hard to harvest and bale their crop. Russell Brix of Jackson County tells MLive.com (https://bit.ly/1IgDaeW ) if hay remains in the field too long, its value will drop.

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