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Muddy farmlands put hold on planting

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LINCOLN COUNTY (WAOW) - All the moisture is making central Wisconsin farmers antsy.

Farmers say it's still too wet to plant. Lincoln County farmer Steve Roets says he can't start planting until his land dries out.

"The frustration comes when you want to go and you can't," said Roets. "The weather isn't right. The soil isn't right, you've got water holes. You've got mud spots."

Roets says mud isn't the only problem. The ground is still too cold too plant.

"You want the seeds to germinate and if the soil is too cold or too wet, it won't germinate," said Roets.

Agricultural educator with UW-Extension Marathon and Lincoln counties Dan Marzu says many farmers, like Roets, are playing the waiting game.

"Farmers are having a little more difficulty actually starting the fieldwork and plowing, even manure, it's a little bit of a challenge when these soils are that wet," said Marzu.

But Marzu says time isn't a concern yet. He says farmers usually plant corn in late May and early June.

"We're still kind of on track," said Marzu. "There's still a little bit of time to dry out and actually get out in the fields."

Roets say he thinks it will be another two weeks before he can start planting, but it all depends on one thing.

"We have to wait for Mother Nature," said Roets.

Farmers say in the meantime, they're making sure their equipment is ready for when the ground is drier.

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