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Farmers frustrated with this season's weather delay


The fields at Sam Zimmermann's Marathon County Farm are wet, muddy and in some places, still frozen.

"We grow alfalfa, we grow grassy hay, I graze here on this farm," said Zimmermann.

With a lingering winter that seems to have its hold on Wisconsin, he's now a few weeks behind.

"It is slowing us down, especially in comparison to last year, which was so dramatically early," said Zimmermann.

After last year's severe drought, farmers said the moisture is actually a good thing. The problem this season is the lack of sunshine and cold temperatures.

Agronomist Josh Krautkramer has already seen farmers' frustration.

"They're making it clear to us that, is there going to be a possibility of us getting earlier day corns to go with the weather," said Krautkramer.

Krautkramer works at Marathon Feed and Grain in Marathon.

He said if the weather doesn't warm up, farmers may have to tweak their plans this season.

"We'll always make it through it, but it's going to be go time when the weather breaks," said Krautkramer.

But farmers like Zimmermann said they'll take this season, one step at a time.

"Planting is going to be a little later this year, it still could be set up to be very successful, if the weather changes and we get sun and stuff," said Zimmermann.

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