May 14, 2013
Farmers hope for relief from ’12 crop damage

Michael DeRuiter knew he lost his battle last year with Mother Nature to protect his cherry trees on the 19th night of springtime frost.

When the temperature dropped to 19 degrees in May 2012, the co-owner of a third-generation farm in Hart and his crew stopped tending fires in barrels, turned off fans and lost any hope of harvesting a full fruit crop.

“It’s like watching your income for the year go out the window,”said DeRuiter of DeRuiter Farms Inc. The Detroit News

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