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Farmers optimistic about spring ahead

Salentine Homestead Dairy owner Josh Salentine hopes Mother Nature got his order for better weather in Luxemburg this spring. Rain on top of frozen soils and snow delayed crops from being planted last spring, and farmers had to call some fields a total loss after not being able to get back out to harvest them. Salentine says it cost him 50 percent more in harvesting and manure spreading expenses to get the job done last year. He says some sunny, warm days at the end of March and beginning of April could go a long way to helping farmers this year.

Timm Uhlmann from the National Weather Service in Green Bay told farmers at last month’s Peninsula Pride Farms Annual Meeting that the spring could be wetter than average. However, he believes the record-setting precipitation totals the area received in the previous two years were anomalies.

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