Farmers Deal With Possible Planting Season Delay due to Weather

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It may be spring, but it's obvious that Mother Nature has plans of her own. And the constantly cold April showers have been nothing but bad news for farmers, because it could delay planting season.

James Juedes, owner of Pleasant View Dairy, says later seasons only lead to more costs.

"It adds to the expense," said Juedes, "The later the spring comes, means the cows are in the barn and they can't be out on pastures...But I know some of my friends are getting concerned their going to have to go out and buy feed to supplement."

Juedes says with it being so cold the ground temperature isn't warming up enough in order for seeds to even sprout.

Heather Schelesser, who works for the Marathon County Dairy Agency, warns farmers not to try and plant before the weather dries up.

"Just be patient," said Schelesser, "Don't get reckless...getting the equipment out there before it's ready to you're gonna get tractors stuck... you're gonna get mud in your seed...so it's just gonna be lost."

Schelesser also said if the weather does warm up in the next few weeks, planting season should be right on schedule.


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