Farmer stress at an all-time high
As the rain comes down this season, so too are the profits that farmers were hoping to make this year. And with an uncertain financial future the stress level for farmers is at an all time high.
The Gust Farm has been in their family for four generations. They say they haven't seen a year this bad for farming since the 1940's. They're just hoping to keep it afloat through this year so they can pass it onto the fifth generation.
Jake Gust and his three brothers live in the miles surrounding their father Dan's farm in Lenawee County. He meets every day with his father to adjust this years crop planting. "We've been out there when we shouldn't have planted, but it's just out of our control," says Jake.
And that's the hardest part about this rain soaked year. Mother nature is calling the shots and it's made for such a stressfull year for farmers. "It's not very settling to think that that you're going to be short money in the fall," says Dan. Dan spends a lot of time counseling his sons and other younger farmers but there's not a lot he can say to take away the reality facing many farmers. "If it takes 50 to 60 thousand dollars to live, they're going to be 50 to 60 thousand dollars short."