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Long winter, wet spring puts a damper on crops


The long winter and wet spring has taken a toll on many farmers in our area.

James Juedes owns a farm just east of Wausau.

"It's hard to take, it really is," Juedes told Newsline 9. He says the wet, cold weather has affected his crops.

Juedes says he was able to plant all of his corn, but it hasn't been easy.

"The corn and the soybeans are really struggling. As you can see, it has a kind of yellow hue to it and that's from lack of sunshine and lack of warm weather," said Juedes.

This is a drastic difference from just one year ago, when most of the country was battling drought.

"It's a 180. Last year, it was dry and hot and everything was doing so well, but we didn't have enough moisture to go through," said Juedes.

Now, there's too much moisture. In fact, some of the rain on Juedes land won't go away.

"It really needs to turn around very shortly here, or it's really going to hinder the crop's performance later on," said Juedes.

The USDA says only 74 percent of corn crops have been planted in Wisconsin. Agriculture officials say that's the worst percentage in the country.

"It's hard to take sometimes," said Juedes.

Juedes says he does have crop insurance available, but doesn't want to be forced to use it.

"We don't want to use it, we're kind of proud people, and we would rather not have anything to do with people giving us anything," said Juedes.

For now, farmers say they're just hoping for the best.

"Sunshine and warm weather, that will help us immensely, that's all you can hope for," said Juedes.

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