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Snow could help farmers' crops

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) - In the farming business, one simple truth sits above everything else.

"You never can tell," said James Juedes, a dairy farmer. "Mother Nature runs its own course."

With more spring snow expected this week, farmers still aren't worried.

"In truth, it's been so late already and it's been so cold for so long that at this point, it's really not going to affect anything," Juedes said.

In some ways, the snow this winter has even helped their crop.

"We've got so much snow that it's got a good cover which insulates the ground," said Lyn Heise, a ginseng farmer.

They say another blast of snow would be no different.

"This moisture that we're going to get is just going to add to the moisture that's in the ground already," Juedes said.

Farmers say the snow cover protects against frost, a known crop killer. But it's when Mother Nature has mood swings that problems arise.

"What we're hoping for is that it just gets it all out of its system and when it does get warm, it stays warm," said Juedes.

Of course, that would require winter weather to end.

"If it stays like this until the end of April, then we're going to have issues as far as getting crops in the ground in time," said Juedes.

Until then, it looks like this latest round of winter weather isn't putting these farmers on the ropes.

Farmers say if spring weather does come during the next few weeks, the moisture already in the ground will make for a good first crop.
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