Stinky situation for Southwest Michigan farmers
The Brown Marmorated stink bug was spotted earlier this year by a Lake Michigan College student in Berrien County. It’s only the second confirmed case in the state but if it spreads it could be devistating for fruit farmers.
In numbers, the bug is known to eat many types of fruits and vegetables, although apples and peaches are most vulnerable.
Jay Jollay of Jollay Orchards is a 7th generation fruit farmer in Coloma. Apples and peaches are two of his most important crops. There’ve always been stink bugs on his land. He says they're not harmful, “Usually they aren’t a huge problem for the crops but with this new strand of stink bug we’re talking about, it could potentially be harmful to the crops.”